Man tries to hide from police, gets stuck in walls of home

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MONROVIA, Ind. (April 22, 2015)- A Monrovia man’s jail cell is a lot more roomy than the spot where officers found him.

Steven Shuler, 44, tried to hide from police but ended up getting stuck between the walls of his home. On Monday, officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office went to Shuler’s home to serve him an arrest warrant. When officers pulled up, they saw a woman coming out of the home.

“They didn’t make entry to the house. They met his ex-wife as she was coming out of the residence and we were advised he wasn’t at the place,” said Captain Brent Worth with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers say Shuler’s ex-wife didn’t live at the home; she had just stopped by to pick up some of her belongings.

When officers drove by the home the next day, they again saw Shuler’s ex-wife. Officers say she stopped them.

“She’s like, 'He’s not going to be happy, but he’s trapped in the wall and we need your help,'” said Worth.

Officers had to call the Monroe Township Fire Department for help. Firefighters say somehow Shuler managed to squeeze his way through a 16-inch spot and then made it all the way down a 6-8 foot drop. He was trapped in the spot for more than 24 hours.

"I wouldn’t have thought someone would hide in a wall, but I guess if you’re going to hide, you’re going to hide some place,” said neighbor Jenny Blankenship.

Despite their efforts, officers couldn't reach Shuler. Firefighters had to use a chainsaw to cut part of the ceiling in order to rescue him. He was taken away in handcuffs minutes later.

“One thing is for sure, you can’t hide if you’re going to get caught they’re going to catch you, if they want you they’re going to get you,” said Blankenship.

That seems true especially if you’re stuck and have nowhere to go.

Police had arrest warrants for Shuler on intimidation and domestic battery charges. He wasn't hurt during the encounter.