FOUNTAIN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Fountain County residents were on edge Wednesday night as the search continues for a wanted fugitive. Meanwhile, Gary Conner, the man who broke out of the Warren County Jail this weekend and was caught Tuesday night, made his first court appearance.
"That's just a little too close," said Ralph Wolf, a Fountain County resident.
"That's just right in my backyard, really," said Jesse Snider, another county resident.
Conner, 27, escaped from the Warren County Jail Saturday morning. When he was found Tuesday night in a wooded area in Fountain County off 1400 North, just west of the Tippecanoe County line, residents in the area said they couldn't believe it. Wolf, who lives just down the road from the wooded area, said he knew something was wrong when sheriff's deputies and fire trucks kept driving by his house.
"Around 6 o'clock there was a whole caravan. I told my wife, I said, 'Something's up.' I didn't realize it was that close," said Wolf.
Warren County Sheriff Rusty Hart said Conner was arraigned Wednesday morning on additional charges of theft, burglary, and escape. Hart said after Conner broke out of jail, he broke into a home and stole some clothes and a car, which was later found at a Lafayette apartment complex.
Now, the search is on for Danny Horton, 45, who is wanted on drug charges in Warren County and is believed to have been assisting Conner since the escape. Horton has been wanted since he failed to show up for a court appearance in June. Hart said he still may be in Fountain County, Warren County, or even Lafayette.
"We do believe that he may still be in the area, so we're doing everything we can to try and locate him as we have in the past. But we've ramped up a little bit, given the events of yesterday and knowing that he was here," said Hart.
Hart said Horton is believed to be dangerous. Investigators are not sure if he's on foot or in a vehicle. Snider said he wouldn't be surprised if Horton was still in the area where Conner was found.
"He grew up in this area, I knew him back when I was a kid. I wouldn't be surprised if he still is around here," said Snider.
And if he still is in the area, residents will be prepared.
"I'm, you know, definitely going to be locking doors and windows," said Snider.
"I think it's important to kind of keep an eye for everybody, if we can," said Wolf.
A meth lab was also found in the wooded area. Indiana State Police were on scene Tuesday night to dismantle that.
Anyone with information on Danny Horton's whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.
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