Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the arrest of a former Vincennes resident that is now in Evansville. Authorities believe that man was involved in a series of crimes that took place in both Vincennes and Evansville.
Vincennes City Police Detectives, The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, and the Evansville Police Department arrested 25-year-old Antonio "Tone" Currie of Evansville, late Friday afternoon on federal weapons charges and armed robbery.
Vincennes Police say Currie became the subject of investigation earlier in the year after an armed robbery of a group of Vincennes University students at a N. 6th Street address in Vincennes.
Police say they then charged the tenants of a house in the 700 block of N. 6th Street with miscellaneous drug charges including dealing in marijuana, and police determined the armed robbery was drug related. During that incident, a tenant was battered and a shot was fired inside the residence by one of the suspects.
Authorities say another armed robbery at a second Vincennes residence occurred early in the summer. Again, shots were fired and it was also suspected to be a drug related robbery.
Further investigation of these two incidents, and police intelligence operations resulted in a Federal Grand Jury Indictment of Currie for weapons violations and armed robbery.
Shortly before 5:00 p.m. Friday, the Evansville Police Department Swat Team raided the residence in the 500 block of S. Denby Avenue in Evansville and arrested Currie. Police say they also detained another male of interest that was at the residence.
Police say they located another firearm inside the residence.
Further investigation resulted in a second arrest of 23-year-old Martez N. Smith.
Police continue to investigate a series of crimes that occurred in Vincennes and Evansville over the course of several months.
Vincennes Police says Currie had been the subject of police investigation in a number of past crimes in Vincennes including drug trafficking and weapons violations. In February 2007, Currie and another male were both shot in an exchanged of gunfire at a Vincennes Apartment Complex in 1000 block of Bayou Street in a dispute believed to be over gang affiliation and drug trafficking.
Currie is now in federal custody and faces up to 35 years in prison for his suspected crimes.
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