ISP: Fleeing felon arrested by Harley-riding trooper

Roy Purdon (Photo Provided/Howard County Jail)
Roy Purdon (Photo Provided/Howard County Jail)

MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Kokomo man who allegedly fled Tuesday night from a Miami County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday morning by an Indiana State Police trooper on a Harley Davidson.

ISP said at approximately 10:30 a.m., the hunt for 38-year-old Roy Purdon came to an end when Master Trooper Vern Robinson took Purdon into custody on Strawtown Pike, near Miami County Road 500 South.

A tip that Purdon was in the area earlier Wednesday morning led to saturated patrols from ISP and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Robinson was searching for Purdon while riding an ISP Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle.

Robinson observed Purdon walking on Strawtown Pike. He said he was able to ride up to Purdon and take him into custody without incident.

“He did not immediately recognize the motorcycle as a police vehicle,” Robinson told News 18 in a release. “I was able to get to him before he thought about fleeing.”

Troopers said Purdon was wanted on two felony arrest warrants. The first is a felony parole violation warrant from Columbus, Ohio for armed robbery. The second is a warrant out of Howard County, Indiana for receiving stolen property.

In addition to the warrants, he was also wanted for allegedly fleeing from a Miami County Sheriff’s deputy Tuesday night.

Officers said due to the close proximity to the schools, Maconaquah School Corporation initiated a lock down procedure for the safety of students and staff.

According to Indiana State Police, Purdon is being held in the Howard County Jail with no bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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