|Allen County's 'Most Wanted' caught in Rockford|
|Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:19 PM|
DHI Media Staff Report
ROCKFORD — The most wanted criminal from Allen County was captured Wednesday in Rockford after a tip came in to Rockford Police.
According to Police Chief Paul May, he was told that Philip M. Lane, 25, Lima, was staying at a residence in that village, so he went to the address on Market Street at around 10:43 a.m. to find Lane, who was wanted for probation violations.
May stated that he spoke to an adult male who confirmed Lane’s presence by saying, “Yes, he is here.” The male then went to the rear of the residence to wake Lane. He soon found that the suspect had left via the back door and was on foot.
May contacted the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Coldwater Police K-9 unit for assistance. A temporary perimeter was established and a K-9 track was started. Eventually, the K-9 lost the track and officers resumed the search of the area on foot and with patrol cars.
About an hour after the hunt began, Lane was spotted by Coldwater K-9 Officer Kyle Dues. Lane was running west on South Street. After a brief foot chase, Dues was able to catch up and arrest Lane. He was taken to the Mercer County Jail.
May offered thanks to the Coldwater Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office as well as the persons who reported the tip and assisted with information.