Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of North Clay Street on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m. for the report of male bleeding in the roadway.
As PPD Officer Rushforth responded to the area with other members of the PPD, Central Dispatch advised the male subject had entered a silver passenger vehicle and was turning from Clay Street onto East 8th Street. Rushforth was able to observe the vehicle and catch up to it at the intersection of 6th Street and Tippecanoe Street.
As Rushforth was preparing to initiate a traffic stop on the silver vehicle, the male driver parked the vehicle in the middle of the roadway and quickly exited the vehicle.
Officer Rushforth quickly exited his vehicle and asked the subject if he had any weapons. The man indicated that he had a knife. Rushforth patted the man down for weapons as additional officers arrived on the scene. During this search of the man, later identified as Kenneth Roberts, 46 of Peru, Officer Rushforth observed a small clear baggie with a white substance inside fall from his side waistband area.
At this point, the man looked back at Officer Rushforth and exclaimed to the vehicle passenger “Ah, Lee, look what you made me do.”
Officer Rushforth then located and secured the folding knife that was clipped to the right-side key pocket. Upon locating the knife, a small clear plastic baggie fell out of the same pocket. Inside this baggie appeared to be a white, crystalline substance.
Mr. Roberts was then placed in handcuffs and detained. He was then read his rights.
Roberts advised that the substances inside were methamphetamine and there were more baggies located in the same pocket. He also stated that Officer Rushforth would need to check the other side of his jeans.
A full search of Roberts would locate three additional plastic baggies of a white crystalline substance that would test positive for methamphetamine.
In the right side of his larger jeans pocket, Officer Rushforth also located a pair of tweezers, a white plastic cylindrical pipe, and a metallic “clean-out”. A larger cylindrical glass pipe was also located in another pocket of his jeans.
During the course of the search, Officer Rushforth also learned that Roberts had an active arrest warrant out of Cass County.
While being transported to the Miami County Jail, Officer Rushforth observed Roberts appear to have labored breathing and was sweating profusely. He was transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital to obtain treatment. After a few hours of treatment, Mr. Roberts was cleared to be released to the jail.
Kenneth Roberts, 46, of Peru, IN faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.