Woman Arrested on Drug Dealing and Weapons Charges During Search for Car Chase Suspect

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A woman has been arrested on drug dealing and weapons charges during search for car chase suspect, Joe Outlaw. Evansville Police say Trayann Matthers  was arrested after guns, drugs, and cash was found in her home. Officers were searching her home at 1700 block of East Riverside for Joe David Outlaw after he fled from officers. Outlaw parked in the yard  and ran around the back of the home. Believing Outlaw had ran into the home, officers checked the house. After seeing several guns and drugs in the house, officers obtained a search warrant. During the search, officers recovered 6 guns, three of which were stolen. The guns included a Tech-9 and an AK 47. Officers found Marijuana, Mushrooms, and Prescriptions Pills.Officers seized nearly $5,000 in cash. Officers also seized around 50 pairs of Air Jordan shoes. Matthers is being charged with drug dealing and possession of stolen firearms.

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A late afternoon pursuit leads to an arrest.and a whole lot more. Evansville Police seize drugs and guns from a South side home. The pursuit happened late this afternoon, but investigators were still on the scene hours later. Minutes ago we learned Evansville police arrested 20-year-old Joe Outlaw in connection with his case. Outlaw is being held without bond in  the Vanderburgh County Jail on weapons and resisting charges. The investigation centers around a house in the 1700 block of East Riverside Drive near South Rotherwood Drive. Investigators say an officer tried pulling over Outlaw, but he fled and spun out near the home. Outlaw then made a run for it. Officers then searched the home trying to find the driver and apparently saw weapons and drugs in plain view.


“There’s two separate investigations going on. one is for the pursuit. we believe that the driver may be connected to this house as well. we think he was actually trying to get to this home when he was fleeing from the officer,” said Sergeant Jason Cullum.


Sergeant Cullum says the driver was caught a short time later. Two people inside the car were also questioned but released. The homeowner, police say is in custody pending the outcome of the investigation inside the home. Police had to obtain a search warrant to seize the drugs and guns inside. Our crew on-scene also reports seeing investigators carry what appeared to be dozens of shoe boxes out of the home. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.


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Eyewitness News is on the scene of a confirmed narcotics investigation near the 1700 block of East Riverside in Evansville.
This is on the city’s south side near South Rotherwood Avenue.
EPD tells us there was a police pursuit that ended at a home in this area. Officers are currently executing a search warrant on that home.
A sergeant on scene told our crew guns, drugs were found inside.
We’re continuously working to get more details. We’ll bring you updates as soon as we get them. 

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