MOROCCO, INDIANA - The Newton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a carjacking that took place near Morocco early Monday morning (June 17).

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Department, around 6:20 a.m. the Newton County Dispatch received a report of a single vehicle crash on US 41 near CR 300W (north of the Morocco overpass).

A Watseka man witnessed the crash and called 911. As the witness was checking on the driver of the crashed vehicle, the driver displayed a gun and forced the Watseka man to drive him in his car. The Watseka man complied and drove the suspect from the crash scene. 

Within a few miles, the suspect released the Watseka man, unharmed. The suspect then fled east in the stolen vehicle. 

Around 8:25am, the suspect was involved in a short pursuit in Marshall County near Plymouth, where he crashed the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody. 

Anyone that witnessed the Morocco crash or carjacking should call 219-474-6081 EXT 3108 to speak to Deputy Fellmy. 

This case remains an active investigation. Additional details are expected to be released within 24 hours. 

Assisting agencies included Newton County EMS, Newton County EMA, Morocco Fire, Jasper County Sheriff, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Cedar Lake Police and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.