News and Tribune

September 18, 2013

Indiana State Police offers award for fugitive’s arrest

$1,000 in return for Ronald Graham’s capture

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

FLOYD COUNTY — Anyone who knows the whereabouts or sees Ronald F. Graham should contact police immediately. All callers can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward up to $1,000 for his capture. Call Crime Stoppers at 502-582-CLUE (2583).



After the manhunt for a New Albany man was called off Tuesday by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police offered a $1,000 bounty for his capture.

Ronald F. Graham, 40, West Market Street, not only successfully evaded Floyd County Sheriff’s deputies, he did the same to ISP troopers earlier this month.

Following an ISP traffic stop for false and fictitious plates Sept. 3 in Floyd County along Interstate 265, Graham immediately fled on foot into a wooded area, never to be located.

ISP reports Graham had not put the Jeep into park before exiting the vehicle, and a trooper had to catch up with the rolling vehicle to stop it.

The incident resulted in an arrest warrant being issued on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, and resisting/fleeing law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.

After the trooper got the vehicle stopped, ISP reported, he found Graham’s girlfriend, Laura R. Faulkenburg, 26, New Albany, lying in the front passenger seat.

Faulkenburg is also believed to be the woman with Graham during the vehicle pursuit Tuesday that ended in the vehicle crashing into a woodline near Starlight.

Faulkenburg was not charged in the incident, but was injured in the wreck, although she refused hospitalization.

When the accident occurred, Graham fled the vehicle and evaded law enforcement.

The vehicle pursuit began when a deputy investigated what was believed to be an unoccupied vehicle parked in a Grant Line Road cemetery about 10 a.m.

Graham then led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit into Starlight, where he crashed. At about 3 p.m. law enforcement ran out of leads and called off the manhunt.

Graham was convicted in a Washington County court of theft and residential entry, both class D felonies, in November 2012, for separate cases.

Following his sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction, he was placed on probation.

On Sept. 11, warrants for his arrest were issued in each of the Washington County cases.

Considering the two Washington County active warrants, the warrant out of Floyd Count stemming from the ISP traffic stop, and the expected warrant for the Tuesday incident with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, Graham will soon be wanted on four separate warrants.