Shelbyville police warn of 'dangerous' pair

ISP: Pair wrote about abducting child

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. - Shelbyville police warned the community on Thursday to be on the lookout for a "dangerous" pair that might try to abduct a child. Half of the pair escaped just last month from a work release program in White County.

Indiana State Police said Desiree Cox Clawson, 18, and Robert Clawson, Jr., 31, are both wanted on theft warrants out of northern Indiana.

White County Sheriff's Deputy A.J. Alletto told RTV6 back in April that Robert Clawson had escaped from a work release program at a manufacturing company in Monticello. We never got word that he had been re-captured, so the details are unknown on his whereabouts between his escape in early April and now.

When police arrived to serve warrants on the couple this week, they found handwritten material from the pair that said they were heading south and might abduct a child, officials with the Shelbyville Police Department said.

ISP said they believe the pair is a threat and should be considered dangerous.

ISP said the pair used an EBT card in Shelbyville on April 21. Shelbyville police said there were reports of the pair on a moped at a gas station on Shelbyville’s north side Wednesday afternoon.

Desiree Cox Clawson is described as 5 feet 5 inches, 230 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Robert Clawson is described as 5 feet 10 inches, 130 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Shelbyville police encouraged Shelbyville Central Schools to be proactive and warned adults to keep an extra eye on children.

Anyone with information about this couple is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

Watch RTV6 and refresh this page for updates.

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