Cass County Man Arrested After Lengthy Manhunt


A day-long manhunt ended last night around 5:20 p.m. when officers from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police located Westly B. Winn, 34 of Lucerne, hiding in a rural Fulton County home.

Earlier in the morning, officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle Winn was driving. Winn allegedly drove the vehicle into a cornfield near Fulton County Roads 950 South and 600 West before he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers from multiple police departments set up a perimeter in an effort to contain Winn.

At approximately 4:46 p.m., the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received information that Winn had been picked by a passing motorist and dropped off near a home at 8598 South Fulton County Road 350 West. The person who picked Winn up was not aware he had allegedly fled police.

Officers from the various police agencies traveled to the residence, where they received permission from the homeowner to search the property. Officers located Winn hiding under a car in an attached garage. Winn purportedly refused officers’ verbal commands to come out from under the car but was taken into custody after an Indiana State Police dog was deployed. Officers do not believe the homeowner knew Winn was hiding in the garage.

Winn was transported to Woodlawn Hospital for a dog bite to his calf. He was later transported to the Fulton County Jail to face a felony charge for Residential Entry and a misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief.