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October 6, 2011

Tipton escapee captured

John C. Dauenhauer escaped custody, eluded police for 16 hours

Tipton — Upon arriving home Thursday evening, a southern Tipton County resident noticed something suspicious.

The unsuspecting homeowner discovered that an outdoor access to his basement appeared to be disturbed.

He then called police.

Responding deputies and state police troopers searched the residence and out-buildings in the 3600 block of South Ind. 213 and found robbery suspect, John Clinton Dauenhauer, who police say escaped custody at Tipton Hospital shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Dauenhauer was then taken into custody, ending a 16-hour manhunt.

Capt. Gordon Tocco said Thursday evening investigators were interviewing Dauenhauer to determine what charges he will face.

The search for Dauenhauer began at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday after Dauenhauer, who was arrested Wednesday evening of robbing a pharmacy, allegedly assaulted guard and ran from Tipton Hospital, Tocco said.

Dauenhauer was taken to the hospital because officers believed he might have been under the influence of drugs.

Sheriff John Moses said Dauenhauer was seen leaving the hospital wearing handcuffs and shackles, but when he was spotted later in the morning it appeared he was not wearing the restraints. Several residents called police and believed Dauenhauer had been rummaging through barns in the area and may have found a tool and cut off his restraints.

After Dauenhauer left the hospital, Moses said, officers conducted an air and ground searched of the areas of Ind. 28 to 300 South to 350 East for the escapee, but were unable to find him.

The search of the area was then canceled Thursday afternoon shortly before his capture at a residence on Ind. 213.

Earlier in the day, Tipton School Corp. canceled all after-school activities Thursday as police searched for the man. Tipton Community Schools also delayed the start of classes as police advised residents to keep their homes and vehicles locked Thursday morning during the initial search.

Tocco said Dauenhauer is believed to have robbed a pharmacy Wednesday evening, taking prescription medicine and ordering workers into a restroom as he fled.

• Mike Fletcher, Tribune crime reporter, may be reached at 765-454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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