Possible suspect identity from Wednesday’s early morning police search


WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — West Terre Haute police chief Bill Bark released information on the possible identity of the man who lead West Terre Haute and Terre Haute police, along with Indiana State Police on a late night, early morning police chase.

Bark says authorities believe 24-year old Jacob Tyler Rentaukas, not from the Wabash Valley, is the suspect. Multiple agencies are conducting separate investigations in separate crimes related to this case.

Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, the suspect was pulled over in West Terre Haute on what the officer believed to be a DWI. The suspect sped off from authorities, heading into Terre Haute. Terre Haute PIO Ryan Adamson says stop sticks were deployed along Ohio Boulevard, which the suspect drove over, but also shot at authorities at the same time.

The suspect then crashed into the Deming Park gate and fled on foot in the park. Terre Haute police, West Terre Haute police, Indiana State Police, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT assistance searched for the suspect in the park.

Indiana State Police deployed a helicopter to search for the suspect, along with drone usage.

Around 4 a.m. authorities reported that the suspect was not in the park.

Authorities do not believe Rentaukas is in Vigo County, but they do not know his location.

Anyone with information is asked to call the local police department.

West Terre Haute police also want to remind people to secure their personal belongings inside their homes each night, not in their cars, especially firearms.

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