Joshua Morrison/News This is the scene after police arrested Keith Martin on Follin Avenue early this morning. Martin was wanted on several warrants and is allegedly a suspect in a car theft that occurred on Wednesday in Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Police Department apprehended the suspect in a recent car theft early this morning.

Keith Martin, 54, Mount Vernon, was arrested by Mount Vernon Police early this morning following a five-hour standoff. Martin is being held at the Knox County Jail on a warrant out of Franklin County, and local charges are under review, MVPD Capt. Scott McKnight said.

McKnight said police received a tip that Martin was staying at a 700 block Follin Avenue residence around 5 p.m. Thursday. McKnight said Martin had been previously identified as a possible suspect in the car theft, which occurred around 10:33 a.m. Wednesday. However, McKnight said Keith was not positively identified as a suspect.

The warrant for Martin out of Franklin County included a caution to law enforcement that he is to be considered armed and dangerous, McKnight said.

After acquiring a “knock and announce” warrant, MVPD entered the apartment shortly before 1 a.m. and found Martin unconscious. Members of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, which staged nearby at Dan Emmett Elementary School, administered Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of opioids on the respiratory system.

Martin has “several” felony arrest warrants. McKnight said.

A Knox Alert was issued at 10:35 p.m. warning residents in the apartment complex to say inside. Residents of adjoining apartments were evacuated.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., police used a bullhorn to request that Martin come to the front door or a window to talk with them. About an hour later, after no response from Martin, a flash bang was detonated and an announcement was made that the Danville K-9 unit would be sent in to the apartment. The K-9 was sent inside briefly, McKnight said. By 1:04 a.m., MVFD was inside the apartment assessing the medical situation.

Contact was established with Martin through a third party via text messages, McKnight said, allowing police to confirm Martin was inside the residence.

No drugs or firearms were recovered from the residence, McKnight said.

Martin is currently listed on the Knox Count Jail roster arrested for grand theft and aggravated burglary, which are the charges from the Franklin County warrant.

The search warrant, filed in Mount Vernon Municipal Court, is sealed and unavailable as a public record.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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