News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 16, 2012

UPDATE: Fugitive remains at large; police urge caution

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The search continues today for a fugitive wanted by police.

Michael Joe Cheesman, 44, remains at large as of 9 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Clark Cottom of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

Cottom issued a media release Thursday evening stating that Cheesman remained at-large after being spotted earlier that day.

“Michael Joe Cheesman has a history of resisting arrest and has reportedly made statements that he will not return to prison,” the release states. “Cheesman is considered armed and dangerous. Use extreme caution when dealing with this individual. If located contact 911 immediately.”

Cheesman was reportedly seen near the 2500 block of Woodsmall Drive in southern Vigo County earlier Thursday, but fled the area before being located, according to the release.

Vigo Superior Court Division 3 had reportedly issued an arrest warrant for Cheesman on allegations of aggravated battery, a class-B felony; battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a class-C felony; battery by means of a deadly weapon, a class-C felony; intimidation, a class-D felony; and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class-A misdemeanor.

His last known address was 1633 Locust Ave.; however, the release states that property is now vacant. Cheesman is a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with green eyes and brown hair. He reportedly has a tattoo of a cross on the side of his neck. Individuals with information pertaining to his whereabouts are urged to call 911 immediately.