School resource officer helps catch suspect

Andrew Hendricks

PENDLETON – A Pendleton Heights High School resource officer on Monday helped catch a suspect sought on several warrants following a three-hour chase through woods and along a railroad track.

Pendleton Police Chief Marc Farrer said Officer Ryan Baker helped catch Andrew Hendricks, 30, at Madison Avenue near Water Tower Road. Baker was one of about 10 law enforcement officers from Pendleton, Ingalls and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department who assisted in the search.

“We’ve had numerous warrants on him. We’ve had to chase him before,” the chief said of Hendricks.

Baker is a full-time law enforcement officer with the Pendleton Police Department who is assigned to the high school. Half of his salary is paid by the police department, and half is paid by the school district.

“Any of our school resource officers can be pulled out of the school to assist,” Farrer said.

Hendricks was sought on warrants for Level 6 felony failure to return to lawful detention and strangulation and Class A misdemeanor theft, domestic battery and invasion of privacy. Additional charges are pending from Monday’s chase.

“These are all from situations over time,” Farrer said.

He said Hendricks’ mother is a Pendleton resident, and he is known to stay with her sometimes.

Police received a call about 9:45 a.m. that Hendricks was at the residence, Farrer said. The chase lasted until about 10:15 a.m.

“When officers arrived, he, of course, fled on foot,” he said. “We started to get word from people through town that he was moving through yards.”

Pendleton Elementary School and the adjacent intermediate school were on “soft lockdown,” meaning no one could enter or leave the building.

Farrer said none of the children ever were endangered.

Pendleton Elementary Principal Eric Schill said the school followed its established safety plan.

“It shows the effort put into our safety plans across the state is being put to good use to keep kids safe,” he said.

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