Evansville robbery suspect arrested

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Gazette staff
Monday, February 24, 2014

EVANSVILLE—The man accused of robbing an Evansville pharmacy and fleeing in a stolen car was arrested about 7:51 p.m. Monday, police reported.

Sheriff's deputies deployed stop sticks that deflated the car's tires, and Paul M. Engel, 56, gave himself up without incident, Evansville Police Chief Scott McElroy said.

The arrest came more than five hours after the Evansville Pharmacy was robbed.

Engel stole a car after he escaped from pursuing police immediately after the robbery in downtown Evansville on Monday afternoon, police reported.

The car was reported stolen from Landmark Services, 6631 N. County M in the town of Union.

It wasn't immediately clear where Engel was captured.

Police were alerted to the robbery at 2:19 p.m.

The reporting person said a man wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt and a scarf wrapped around his face had robbed the Evansville Pharmacy, 21 W. Main St., according to a police news release.

An Evansville police sergeant in the area chased a suspect to 34 S. Madison St. The suspect entered the house, and police surrounded it, but it was too late.

“Eventually, the residence was searched, however, the suspect was not found. Subsequent witness interviews revealed that the suspect may have immediately exited the back door and fled the area when he was initially chased into the residence,” the news release states.

One officer had recognized the suspect as a resident of the house—Engel—the news release states.

Police received the report of the stolen car at about 4:45 p.m.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office, Orfordville police and Brooklyn police worked with Evansville police in the search.

Downtown Evansville was blocked off Monday afternoon after the robbery was reported, Evansville resident Carol Endres told The Gazette.

Police asked the city's four public schools to keep students in their buildings at 3:05 p.m., just as students were walking out, said Superintendent Jerry Roth.

Officials had to scramble to get some of the students who were already on their way home, Roth said.

Police gave the all-clear at 3:29 p.m., and students were released.

“Things went very smoothly,” Roth said.

Last updated: 5:34 pm Monday, February 24, 2014

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