ELWOOD, Ind. (Anderson Herald-Bulletin) - A convicted sex offender has been arrested after police said he fled when they sought to question him Tuesday about missing Noblesville grandmother Dorothy Heard.
Donald J. Burns, 47, was arrested by Elwood police after a short chase.
He has twice been convicted of child molesting, and in the offender registry is called a "sexually violent predator." Police told 24-Hour News 8 Burns may be related to Heard.
According to a police probable cause affidavit, the Noblesville Police Department contacted Elwood police and asked them to check if Dorothy Heard was at or had been at Burns' home.
Heard, 74, was reported missing from her Noblesville home Tuesday . Later that evening, shortly after Burns was arrested, her great-granddaughter, Serena Weicht, 10, was abducted by an unidentified white male while riding her bicycle in Tipton.
Weicht was found unharmed at a Westfield Wendy's restaurant shortly at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Heard remains missing. Her vehicle and purse were left in her home and police have said they have no leads in the case.
According to Elwood Detective Scott Bertram, Burns jumped into his car and fled from police when they arrived at his home just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Police were asked by the Noblesville police to contact Burns.
"They requested to know if their missing person, Dorothy Heard, was at this location or had been," according to the probable cause affidavit.
Burns was taken into custody when his vehicle stalled in the parking lot of a Marsh supermarket, Bertram said.
According to Elwood Officer Philllip Caldwell, Burns "stuck his hands out the window and stated ‘I quit. I'm done.' He was then ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint and placed in handcuffs and advised of his rights, which he stated he understood."
Burns told police he ran from the officers because he has a long criminal history and "has snitched out a lot of people," according to the probable cause affidavit.
Burns was arrested and charged with Class D felony resisting law enforcement. His bond has been set at $250,000.
Noblesville police have not responded to calls for comment regarding Burns' arrest.
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