Police: Richmond man remains on the run after fleeing traffic stop, leading police on chase

Joshua Adams

RICHMOND, Ind. – Police in Wayne County are looking for a fugitive who managed to elude capture during a weekend traffic stop.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, an officer stopped a gold GMC Yukon around 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Marathon gas station located at 2105 W. National Rd. The driver, Joshua Adams, 32, became uncooperative during the stop, police said.

Additional officers were called, and police said Adams tried multiple times to reach toward the passenger seat. The officer told him to put his hands up, but Adams didn’t comply. Instead, he started his vehicle and took off.

Police pursued him onto SW 21st Street to a dead end; he continued driving between houses before bringing the SUV to a stop and getting out. He ran into a wooded area, where police tried to track him with the help of a K9 officer. However, the dog lost the scent at a creek bed.

Richmond police used a drone with an infrared camera in an effort to find Adams, and an off-duty Cambridge City police officer also tried using his drone to locate him. Despite an extensive search, police couldn’t find Adams.

Police found guns and drugs inside the vehicle Adams abandoned. The inventory list included:

  • Two loaded semi-automatic .45 caliber handguns
  • Sawed-off shotgun
  • Hunting vest with several magazines attached
  • 10 grams of crack cocaine
  • 22 grams of methamphetamine
  • 21 grams of mushrooms
  • 20 grams of marijuana
  • 36 controlled substance pills
  • Digital scale
  • Marijuana smoking device

Adams remains at large, police said. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, white and gray shirt, and blue jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should not approach and should instead call 911.

Photo from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department