Woodward arrested in New Amsterdam
Murray David Woodward, 44, wanted on two felony warrants, was arrested without incident on the bank of the Ohio River near New Amsterdam, by officers of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Thursday about 1 p.m., after a resident reported seeing an abandoned vehicle there.
Woodward reportedly fled his house trailer, located in the isolated Dixie area of southwest Harrison County, when police attempted to arrest him a week ago Monday.
“Woodward apparently had been hiding in his pickup truck, parked by the river, since then,” said Major Lee Hancock of the sheriff’s department. “He didn’t seem to have anywhere else to go.”
Hancock said Woodward was wanted on two felony warrants, including battery and criminal recklessness involving a firearm.
Woodward was arrested by Officer Randy Orme, assisted by officers Mike Deatrick and Roy Wiseman and Detective Capt. Richard Bauman. He is being held at the Harrison County Justice Center in Corydon.
The incident began early Monday, Sept. 9, when a Harrison County Highway Dept. crew arrived at Dixie Road to prepare it for asphalt and found their 10-ton, single-drum roller missing.
They followed the tracks behind Woodward’s twin trailers and found the roller there. Woodward had used it to smash cars and gotten the roller hung up on a car, police said.
About 9:30 a.m., Officer Marty McClanahan was dispatched to the Woodward home but could not raise anyone in the house. He asked the sheriff’s office to do an NCIC background check on Woodward, which turned up the two outstanding warrants.
Woodward’s brother Ben was called to the scene to appeal for Woodward to come out of the trailer.
Local police called for the 12-man South Zone Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team about 11 a.m., which responded and surrounded the home in 95-degree heat. Late in the afternoon tear gas was fired into the trailer and the “SWAT team” entered the home, only to find that Woodward had fled earlier into the woods behind the trailer.