Lafayette man accused of evading police and dumping gun

Andrew Alcorns

ANDERSON — An ID found in a wallet inside an abandoned bag near the Red Roof Inn helped sheriff's deputies identify a man accused of fleeing from them and dumping a semi-automatic handgun and drug paraphernalia along the way.

Andrew S. Alcorns, 40, 600 block North 18th Street, Lafayette, is charged with Level 5 felony carrying a handgun, defendant has a prior felony conviction within the last 15 years, Level 5 felony possession of altered handgun, two counts of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, defendant knowingly or intentionally flees from law enforcement, and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

A call was reported of a suspicious vehicle at the Wendy’s on South Scatterfield Road on April 1. Madison County sheriff's Deputy John Owen was close to the area and responded to the call, according to an affidavit of probable cause by Owen.

He drove up to the vehicle and a woman, later identified as Paige Ladawn Millikan, and Alcorns exited the car and ran across the parking lot, according to the affidavit.

They then ran into the lobby of Days Inn and down the first-floor hallway as Owen ran after them.

While being chased, Millikan and Alcorns discarded a purse and several bags containing personal items including drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic handgun with the serial number obliterated, according to the affidavit.

The magazine was missing, but a pill bottle containing three .32-caliber bullets was found.

Alcorns then ran to a vehicle and drove away.

After a brief chase, Owen lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Interstate 69 and Scatterfield Road, but the bloody car was later located at a cemetery behind the Anderson Madison County Visitors Bureau on South Scatterfield Road, according to the affidavit. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Ohio.

A bag was later found near the dumpster belonging to Red Roof Inn, according to the affidavit. Inside were a wallet with Alcorns' identification and debit card belonging to Millikan.

The picture of Alcorns allegedly matched that of the man who fled from Owen.

Video surveillance showed Alcorns leaving items near the dumpster, according to the affidavit.

Anderson police later arrested Millikan of Dayton, Indiana, a short time later at the nearby Pay Less store on suspicion of false informing and possession of stolen property.

Millikan told officers the car reported stolen belonged to a friend in Ohio and she had failed to return the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She said the gun belonged to Alcorns.

Owen requested a warrant for Alcorns’ arrest after a background check revealed he pleaded guilty to Class D felony theft, Class D felony residential entry and Class D felony habitual offender in 2011.

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