Greencastle Police Department was assisted on scene yesterday by Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, ISP SWAT team, Cloverdale Police Department, Greencastle Fire Department, and Putnam County Operation Life, while arranging the apprehension of wanted man, Wesley January, 25, of Greencastle. An arrest warrant had been confirmed issued for January on multiple charges including two level 6 felonies. At approximately 10PM Friday night, GPD Capt. Charles Inman and Reserve Officer Billy Wallace began surveillance on a Cottonwood Court residence in the Woods Edge Subdivision, after receiving info January had recently been seen at the residence. Capt. Inman and Reserve Officer Wallace were able to confirm from multiple persons stopped after leaving the residence that January was the only person remaining in the residence. Officers were cautioned that January was in possession of a handgun and would not come out of the residence on his own. Officers from multiple departments organized a perimeter, and GPD Detective Sgt. Mike Collins attempted negotiations with January whom refused to exit the premises. Many officers were on scene for up to 13 hours. ISP SWAT was requested to respond to the scene. When January refused to respond to ISP SWAT attempts to communicate, they entered the Cottonwood Court residence to extract January. January was taken into custody Saturday afternoon once located in the residence, without further incident. He currently resides at Putnam County Jail, on the original standing warrant, with new charges potentially to be filed. For GPD Chief Tom Sutherlin’s full statement, see this story at WREBfm.com.
Statement by GPD Chief Tom Sutherlin
On June 3, 2016 at approx. 10:07 p.m. City Officers received a tip that a wanted person Wesley January was just seen at 25 Cottonwood Court. Capt. Charles Inman and Reserve Officer Billy Wallace set up surveillance on the residence at 25 Cottonwood Court. Earlier in the week; Officers with the Greencastle Police Department received confirmation that an arrest warrant had been issued for Wesley January on multiple charges including two level 6 felonies. Capt. Inman and Reserve Officer Wallace observed a white GMC Envoy pull up to the residence at 25 Cottonwood Court. Capt. Inman had also received information that the white GMC Envoy was the last known vehicle Wesley January was seen in.
Capt. Charles Inman and other city officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the white GMC Envoy after it left the residence at 25 Cottonwood Court. Wesley January was not located in the white GMC Envoy. The driver of the GMC Envoy admitted to officers that Wesley January was indeed in the residence at 25 Cottonwood Court. Multiple Officers from the Greencastle Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police set up a perimeter around the residence. Detective Sgt. Mike Collins arrived on the scene in an attempt to negotiate with Wesley January and get him to come out of the residence. Officers observed a male leaving the residence on foot with a pit bull dog. Officers stopped the individual and determined that he was not Wesley January. The individual advised Officers that Wesley January was the only one in the residence; he was in possession of a handgun and would not come out of the residence on his own.
Detective Sgt. Mike Collins was attempting to negotiate with Wesley January however he refused to come out. After negotiations ceased with Wesley January, the Indiana State Police SWAT team was contacted and requested to respond to the scene. Capt. Charles Inman was able to get a signed search warrant for the residence at 25 Cottonwood Court so Officers could enter the residence and search for Wesley January. After the Indiana State Police SWAT team arrived on the scene, their hostage negotiators attempted to make contact with Wesley January however after several attempts Wesley refused to talk with negotiators. The Indiana State Police SWAT team after exhausting all attempts to make contact with Wesley January, made entry into the residence in an attempt to locate Wesley January. The Indiana State Police SWAT team conducted a thorough search of the residence both upstairs and downstairs. The Indiana State Police SWAT team then conducted a search of the attic in the garage where they were able to locate and take into custody without incident Wesley January. Wesley January was transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked in on the arrest warrant. A full report will be submitted to the Putnam County Prosecutor for review.
The Greencastle Police Department assisted on scene by Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and ISP SWAT team, Cloverdale Police Department, Greencastle Fire Department, and Putnam County Operation Life.