Twelve people were arrested late Friday after an investigation into possible gang activity in Parke County. Police believe two large farm tractors were used to run over two cars or pickup trucks earlier in the week.
On Friday, the Indiana State Police, the Parke County Sheriff's Department and the Rockville Police Department served 12 criminal warrants from an incident investigated by Sgt. Dan Jones (of the Putnamville District) that occurred on Jan. 25.
A total of 33 criminal charges were filed on the 12 persons. The charges include Minor Consuming, Criminal Mischief, Rioting and Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Gang Activity. Eight adults were incarcerated in the Parke County Jail and four juveniles were sent to the Vincennes Juvenile Facility.
On Jan. 25, at about 12:15 a.m., Sgt. Dan Jones was travelling north on S.R. 59 just north of CR 500S when he observed a truck and a car with headlights on at the Michael Farm barnyard. Jones aimed his spotlight toward the vehicles and watched as one person fled on foot, west, toward a group of barns and the woods. He noticed damage to the parked vehicles. He drove onto the property and found a black Ford truck with the headlights on, door open, and motor running. The vehicle contained several beer cans. He also located a blue Oldsmobile with daamage. It had the headlights on and the motor was not running.
Jones was unable to contact anyone else at the time. At around 12:25 a.m., a Ford Explorer and a Dodge pickup pulled onto the property.
Jones spoke with the drivers and passengers and found a juvenile had been consuming alcohol. The juvenile was cited and released to his father. The drivers and passengers indicated they came to this location due to a report of a fight between several people and they heard that a car had been hit and totaled. The vehicles were impounded.
Investigation from that evening and through last week revealed a total of 12 people were involved. Six people, had baseball bats, tire tools and a hammer, with intent to commit battery, according to a state police report. Police allege six other people in large farm tractors ran into and over two vehicles.