Monday, June 12, 2017

Three Suspects Captured

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) took three suspects into custody Monday after a pursuit ended in Moffett.

Moffett Police Chief Riley Brooks said the names of the two men and one woman were not available as of Monday afternoon.

The pursuit of the three began earlier Monday on Interstate 40 at the 3 mile marker in Arkansas, Brooks said.

“The Arkansas State Police noticed a vehicle driving all over the highway. When he tried to stop it the pursuit began,” Brooks said.

Brooks said the suspects left I-40 and took State Highway 64D into Moffett where they abandoned the vehicle between Moffett School and the Arkansas River. They were driving a new Ford 4-door pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Missouri.

The pursuit then continued on foot into Moffett. Brooks said summer school is in session at Moffett School, which required that the school be locked down. The lock down was lifted at about 1:30 p.m. when all three suspects were in custody.

Brooks said the owner of the vehicle reported a 9-millimeter handgun was in the truck, which caused concern. Brooks said the suspects did not have a handgun when taken into custody.

The suspects were taken into custody by the OHP southeast of Casey’s farm, just off Moffett’s Seventh Street, in a heavily wooded area, Brooks said.

He added they were covered in ticks and mosquito bites.

“I think one of them even asked for an ambulance because of the bites,” Brooks said. No ambulance was called.

Brooks said assisting with the search were two canine units from the Fort Smith Police Department, the OHP airplane, and the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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