Arrest photos of Justin Reed, 49, Homeless and Alicia Damewood, 46, of Peru

Miami County, IN – Miami County Deputies were dispatched to the 5400 block of S. 400 W., Peru on Monday, April 29, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m. for a report of a burglary in progress.

MCSD Deputy Jacob M. Forgey arrived on scene and observed a red Dodge pick-up truck parked in front of the residence with the bed cover open.

According to his probable cause affidavit, Deputy Forgey met with the complainant who stated the suspects were still inside the residence.

With other law enforcement officers now on the scene, Deputy Forgey made his way to the east side of the residence securing the perimeter. On the east side of the house, he noticed a window to be open and he could hear movement coming from inside. Forgey stepped back and advised Deputy Jumper that he could hear someone inside.

Arrest photo of Abbee Matthews, 30 of Peru

Peru, IN – Abbee S. Matthews, 30 of Peru is facing a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine after a traffic stop conducted on April 23, 2019, at approximately 7:11 p.m.

Peru Police Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop when he observed white jeep fail to signal until it was at the stop sign at 7th and Grant. The vehicle also failed to come to a complete stop. Officer Westfall activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The Jeep failed to stop and continued to roll slowly after turning from Grant Street onto West 5th Street. The vehicle finally came to a stop in the parking lot of the Eagle’s Lodge near the alley.

Officer Westfall identified the driver as thirty-year-old Abbee Matthews of Peru. Ms. Matthews was advised of the reason for the stop. She provided officer Westfall with her license but did not have the vehicle registration.

Arrest photos of Damian Phelps, 32, of Peru, Shelby Myers, 22, of Amboy, and Nickolas Toepfer, 31, of Shipshewana, IN

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on April 22, 2019, at approximately 2:07 a.m. in the area of West 6th Street and North Jefferson Street led to the arrest of three individuals on drug charges following a Peru Police Department K9 “Free Air Sniff”.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Jeremy Brindle conducted the traffic stop after the suspect vehicle failed to dim its bright lights when he passed the vehicle going in the opposite direction. According to his report, Brindle turned around and initiated the traffic stop with the suspect vehicle pulling into a driveway on North Jefferson Street just north of the alley between 6th and 5th Streets.

As Officer Brindle approached the vehicle, he observed the front seat passenger and the back seat passenger “moving around a lot.” The report also stated that the front seat passenger “turned several times in an attempt to see where I was at.”

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Nickolas Toepfer, 31, of Shipshewana, IN. The front seat passenger was identified as thirty-two-year-old Damian M. Phelps, of Peru, and the back seat passenger was identified as Shelby A. Myers, 22, of Amboy.

Arrest photo of Jessica Willis, 23, of Peru

Peru, IN – Jessica Willis, 23 of Peru is facing a charge of Habitual Traffic Violator after her arrest on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at approximately 1:20 a.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Ms. Willis was observed driving a blue 2000 Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of Main Street and Miami Street by Indiana State Trooper Andrew Baldwin.

Trooper Baldwin utilized his in-car computer and conducted a BMV check on the Jeep and it returned to Ms. Willis whose driving status was listed as Habitual Traffic Violator.

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The following were arrests made by Miami County Law Enforcement. Individuals named in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Arrest photo of Richard Guge, 31, of Kokomo, IN

Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted in the area of West 6th Street and North Miami Street on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at approximately 1:44 a.m. resulted in the arrest of a Kokomo man on charges of Driving While Suspended, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Wyrick observed a black Chrysler 300 fail to signal a turn 200 feet from the intersection. Due to this infraction, Officer Wyrick activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop just north of the intersection of at North Miami Street and West 6th Street.

Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Wyrick noted that the temporary plate showed it expired on April 15. 2019.

After being advised of the reason or the stop, the driver, later identified as Richard Guge, 31, of Kokomo argued the validity of the stop stating the law is within 100 feet.

Arrest photo of John F. Wilson, 52 of Peru

Peru, IN – John Wilson, 52 of Peru is facing charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia after a traffic stop that took place at Van Buren Avenue and Smith Street on April 15, 2019, at 6:39 p.m.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop on a green SUV after it failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Lindy St. and Van Buren Ave.

The vehicle then turned onto Van Buren. The male passenger, identified as John F. Wilson, 52 of Peru looked at Officer Westfall and waived. The vehicle then disregarded another stop sign at Van Buren Avenue and Smith Streets.

Officer Westfall then activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop.

The driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, advised Officer Westfall that his brakes did not work well and that he had to pump them to get them to work.

Officer Westfall then noted that the passenger, Mr. Wilson was visibly trembling and had labored breathing. He was also staring blankly straight ahead and would not make eye contact with Officer Westfall.

Arrest photo of Abraham Cardenas, 19, of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers responding to a report of a fight in progress at Arrowhead Estates, arrested a nineteen-year-old on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at approximately 2:45 a.m. Abraham Cardenas faces charges of Battery on Public Safety Officer, a level 6 felony, Resisting Law Enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, Public Intoxication, a class B misdemeanor and Minor Consumption of Alcohol, a class C misdemeanor.

According to his probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Keith Smith was the first officer to arrive on scene followed immediately by PPD Sergeant Vinapal.

Upon approaching the scene, Officer Smith observed one male enter a black SUV and a shirtless male standing outside the vehicle throwing his arms up in the air in a provocative manner as if to encourage the male in the vehicle to fight him.

Officer Smith walked around the front of his vehicle in an attempt to get the license plate of the SUV for Central Dispatch. As he was doing so, the shirtless male, later identified as nineteen-year-old Abraham Cardenas, of Peru ran towards him with his arms still up.

Mr. Cardenas yelled something unintelligible and then quickly and forcefully shoved Officer Smith in the chest with his right arm.