Kevin Frazier, 26. (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)
Patrick West, 24. (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)
VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) -
Two Evansville men were arrested after a stolen vehicle is pulled from the Ohio River.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the Dogtown Boat Ramp on Old Henderson Road around 6:00 a.m. Saturday for suspicious activity.
Witnesses told police that two people arrived in two separate vehicles and then three to four gunshots were heard. They told police that both vehicles stopped at the top the boat ramp and only one left. They then saw the other vehicle rolling down the ramp and into the water.
Shortly after, deputies stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one on scene near First Avenue and Allens Lane. 24-year-old Patrick West, 26-year-old Kevin Frazier, and a woman were in the vehicle. Deputies said Frazier had on shoes that matched prints found at the boat ramp.
West and Frazier later admitted to deputies the submerged vehicle was stolen from the Econolodge Motel on Old Business 41 in the early Saturday morning hours. They admitted to stealing items from the vehicle and smashing windows with a pipe. Investigators believe that was what the witness may have mistaken for gunshots.
Both West and Frazier are charges with auto theft, theft, and criminal mischief.
A Perry Township Fire Department dive team were about to recover the vehicle from the river.