Three Arrested, Two From Madison On Preliminary Theft And Weapons Charges In Ripley Co.

Posted On May 18, 2017

Three people were taken into custody on Wednesday, May 17 after a trespass call came into the Ripley County Dispatch Office around 10:54 a.m. Ripley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and arrested Christian Stewart, 21, of Madison, IN, Kelsey C. Luellen, 22, of Madison, IN, and Cameron Stewart, 19, of Commiskey, IN, on preliminary theft and weapons charges.

The incident started when Christian Stewart came to a residence in Cross Plains asking for help to get a truck unstuck.  Witnesses at the residence believed Stewart to be impaired and observed that he was carrying a loaded handgun.  The witnesses then quickly called the police where Christian Stewart was arrested.

When the officers responded to the scene, they found that there was no longer a truck where Stewart had stated.  During the investigation, Sheriff’s deputies discovered that while Christian Stewart was asking for help, Kelsey Luellen and Cameron Stewart stole a neighbor’s tractor from his garage and other items belonging to the neighbor inside the neighbor’s home.  The two individuals had used the tractor to pull their stuck vehicle out.

While the Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the neighbor’s stolen tractor and other items from his residence, they received additional information that an individual, later to be identified as Cameron Stewart, was inside of another residence.  Officers responded to the scene resulting in Cameron barricading himself inside the abandoned residence while armed with a loaded weapon.  The officers surrounded the residence for approximately two hours when Cameron Stewart attempted to flee from the residence.  With the assistance of an Indiana State Police K9 unit, Stewart was quickly apprehended.   Cameron Stewart was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then taken to the Ripley County Jail.  No officers were hurt in the incident.

According to Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth, the arrests were a collaborative effort of his department working together with Indiana State Police officers and conservation officers. Deputies initially directly involved included Randy Holt, Corky Houseworth, and Rob Bradley.

The sheriff said he is proud of the team effort and warns citizens to keep vigilant. During the daytime, when people are away from their homes, is frequently when burglars strike. Sheriff Cumberworth thanked all the individuals who called dispatch helping them with the arrest of these three suspects.

All three suspects were transported to the Ripley County Jail where they await initial hearings. Charges are pending with several options available.  Any charges brought against these individuals are merely allegations and these suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.