Fugitives found in Indianapolis home with ‘cave-like basement’


From left to right: Charles Ellis, Keri Wildrick, Kevin Luther, Shawn Bryant.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 3, 2016) - Four fugitives were arrested Thursday morning after Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies found them living in a near southeast side home.

Deputies served a search warrant in the 1200 block of Kappes St. looking for Kevin Luther. While inside the home, deputies found three other wanted fugitives and a cave-like basement filled with tunnels and crawl spaces. Deputies said it took over an hour to search the entire home. One suspect was found hiding in the basement. Luther and another fugitive were found hiding in a closet upstairs.

The other fugitives arrested include; Shawn Bryant, Keri Wildrick, and Charles Ellis. They were arrested on warrants for charges including possession of drugs and resisting law enforcement.

"They all four knew they were wanted and they intentionally tried to hide themselves in the house from deputies," said MCSO's Major Michael Hubbs.

Deputies said they heard a lot of yelling and shuffling before entering the home. Cameras and a K9 were used to help them in the search. Deputies described the cave as man-made, but aren't sure if it was specially used for hiding. Personal belongings were found in one of the compartments.

"It resembles a lot of what you would see in the border, the Mexican border, of caves that go underneath. It was dug out. There was dirt. Deputies, as they went in, dirt would fall off the wall onto their uniforms," explained Hubbs.

Hubbs said it was one of the most sophisticated areas they've seen in some time. Neighbors said the arrests bring some sense of relief, but are concerned knowing so many fugitives were living in the home at once.

"That address is definitely going to be well known to law enforcement moving forward for any future criminal activity," said Hubbs.

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