Man, 22, charged after Woodburn manhunt

Police search for a man in Woodburn early Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

WOODBURN, Ind. (WANE) A man who was the subject of a three-agency manhunt in Woodburn on Tuesday has been captured.

Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Stone said officers found 22-year-old Justin Leroy Landis hiding in a relatives home in the 16000 block of Old U.S. 24 after noon Tuesday.

It was around 8:45 a.m. when a “suspicious stranger” reportedly went up to a home on Hickory Ridge Drive, in the Havenwood Forest addition off of old US 24, and knocked on the door. Stone said he then asked the resident if a particular person lived there.

Justin Leroy Landis

After telling the stranger no, the resident called police because the incident seemed to be a bit suspicious, Stone said.

Then, at 8:57, someone saw the man running down the road and also called police, Stone said.

Officers from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the Woodburn Police Department and an Indiana State Police K-9 all responded to the area to search for the man. The manhunt was focused on a field and wooded area, Stone said.

Stone said the man was wanted because when he was approached by officers, he ran off.

Landis was taken in for questioning, Stone said. He was later charged with Residential Entry and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Police said Landis broke into a home Tuesday, but left out of the back door without stealing anything when police arrived.

East Allen County Schools briefly locked down schools in the area Tuesday, spokesperson Tamyra Kelly said.