Pike County Schools Placed On Delay, While Police Searched and Captured Wanted Suspect

April 5, 2013 7:46 AM
Anderson PD Mugshot

Vigo County Mugshot/Courtesy: Anderson PD


Pike county schools went  on a two hour delay this morning as police in Petersburg looked for a suspect wanted in a  drug-related shooting in Anderson last month.

On Wednesday,  Anderson Police notified area law enforcement agencies that 21 – year old  Darius A. Hardiman may be in the Evansville area.  At approximately 10:30  p.m. last night, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force received information Hardiman was in the Petersburg area.

More than 20 officers from the Indiana State Police, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Petersburg Police and Washington Police responded to the area to search for Hardiman.  At approximately 6:30 a.m. EST this morning, Trooper Justin Bean spotted Hardiman hiding in thick brush behind the Kangaroo Express gas station located on SR 57 on the north side of Petersburg.

Hardiman was arrested without incident and taken to the Pike County Jail, where he is waiting to be transported back to Anderson.

Police had been looking for Hardiman across the state after he left the Anderson, Indiana area, back in March following a drug related shooting.    Police in Anderson report that Hardiman was wanted on attempted murder charges for shooting a 25 year-old male in the head twice on Sunday, March 17th.

Police had been searching the Terre Haute area, where Hardiman is from and was just released from jail on robbery charges.   Polices believed Hardiman had connection in the Evansville area.

Pike County Schools were delayed this morning as a precautionary measure, as Hardiman was described as being armed and dangerous.

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