Car used in Armed Robbery at Mo. Subway Restaurant located after Okla. I-44 pursuit and manhunt

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Tuesday morning just after 8:30 a.m. Jasper County Deputies responded to a call of an Armed Robbery in Airport Drive at Subway Restaurant, 6019 N Main.

Investigation revealed a black male, 5’6″, brandished a firearm, demanded all the money and fled in a dark gray Chrysler 300 from the Subway location.  The vehicle was captured on security cameras.

Deputy Chief Derek Walrod tells Joplin News First Wednesday the Chrysler 300 was located.  It was involved in an multi-agency pursuit along I-44 then onto OK-20 towards Pryor on Tuesday afternoon in Mayes County.

At one point during the pursuit the vehicle went into oncoming traffic, attempting to elude officers.

The car eventually came to a stop west of Pryor and the male fled on foot. Bobby Thorsen of Pryor captured the vehicle chase on camera.  He tells us a helicopter was circling the area as GRDA and other authorities searched for the male.

He ditched his car.  He went off into a pretty heavily wooded/brush area,” Thorsen says. The male suspect was not located.

Deputy Chief Walrod states they believe they know who the suspect is but he is not revealing that at this time. Additionally his Jasper County investigators have not processed the vehicle yet.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Oklahoma.

No one was injured in the pursuit and following manhunt.

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Bodycam: Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers rush to save suspect pinned in burning car

TULSA COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol want to recognize the heroism of troopers who attempted to rescue a suspect who had crashed into a building and both caught fire on March 27, 2022.

Trooper Aaron Kern #696 arrived on scene to the crash in Sperry, Okla. and the car and building were already on fire.  As you can see from the bodycam video Trooper Kern and others jumped into action.

The fire had become aggressive, growing quickly. He and other officers on scene jumped on top of the car and climbed into the building where they could see the driver’s legs were pinned. They worked to remove bricks and wood that had covered the driver but could not remove the suspect. At one point in time, Kern even fought the fire from the back of the vehicle, trying to keep it from reaching the man.” – Oklahoma Highway Patrol

First responders, Leut. Mark Southall #81, and others got a wrecker to pull the vehicle out so the suspect could be extricated. However he could not recover from the critical injuries and later died.

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Missouri couple arrested in Oklahoma after 2nd police pursuit with their two kids on board

NOEL, Mo. — At the beginning of the month, April 1, 2022, Noel Marshal’s Office engaged in a pursuit with a white GMC Yukon. The vehicle evaded officers.

Following the pursuit, investigation revealed the registered owner was untruthful about being in the vehicle during that pursuit. Additionally it was discovered their two children were present in the vehicle.

As a result of the Noel Marshal’s investigation, charges were filed and a warrant for arrest was signed in McDonald County, Mo. for, Isabella Bailey, 26, and Issac Downum, 26, both of Anderson, Mo.


Oklahoma Highway Patrol engaged in a pursuit on April 19, 2022. The vehicle crashed out and the driver fled the on foot. Leaving behind a passenger and their two children.

Bailey was the passenger and taken into custody on McDonald County, Mo. outstanding warrants.  She was extradited back to Missouri and is being held in the McDonald County Detention Center on $1,500 cash-only bond.

Downum was located later that night in Oklahoma through drone using infrared technology. He is facing criminal charges first in Delaware County, Okla. and then will be extradited to Missouri on charges stemming from the early April pursuit.

The children were not injured in the pursuit and crash in Oklahoma. They have now been transferred to the custody of family members.

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People’s Convoy nears Joplin; Sheriff Heath Winfrey estimates 1,000 trucks in Big Cabin

CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. — Sunday afternoon we spent time on SE330 CR overpass of I-44 near Big Cabin, Okla. as locals welcomed The People’s Convoy.

Sheriff Heath Winfrey of Craig County estimates the group to be about 1,000 trucks and vehicles. Organizers say many more. But that’s what they are planning for parking.

The convoy travels about 45 mph in the driving lane. Leaving the passing lane open for normal traffic flow.

“The Team here at the Craig County Sheriff’s Office has been working closely with area law enforcement agencies and event security personnel to safely assist The People’s Convoy as they travel through Craig County.

The People’s Convoy will be in the Vinita/Big Cabin area this evening (Sunday) thru tomorrow morning. This event may bring an influx of 1000 vehicles to our area, creating some challenges to the motoring public on Sunday late afternoon and Monday morning.” — Sheriff Heath Winfrey of Craig County

There is no official schedule but we believe they will roll out of Big Cabin about 8 – 9 a.m. and then arrive into the Joplin area around 10 – 11 a.m.

Most crowds are gathering on overpasses to welcome the convoy, or alongside the roadways.

It took nearly two hours for the convoy, estimated at eight miles long, to exit at Big Cabin and park.

Sheriff Winfrey is fully staffed with Oklahoma Highway Patrol assistance and neighboring agencies. However he says he anticipates a peaceful and lawful convoy.

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Move over and slow down, the law in all states; Highway patrol vehicles slammed on interstate

JOPLIN, Mo. – In separate crashes in separate states, highway patrol officers vehicles were struck in recent hours.  Both states, Missouri and Oklahoma remind, slow down and move over.

Since 2012 in Missouri the Move Over Law has required drivers to move to the side, away from emergency lights. And in recent years it has become national law endorsed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Slow down, move over, when you see lights from any vehicle.

Missouri’s law directs motorists to proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way when possible upon approaching a stationary vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, or a stationary vehicle displaying lighted amber or amber and white lights. Drivers should change lanes away from the stationary vehicle if the roadway has at least two lanes traveling the same direction. When changing lanes is not possible, motorists are directed to reduce their speed, while maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, when traveling past these vehicles.” – Missouri State Highway Patrol


We say this frequently but especially in this current weather – slow down and move over for flashing lights!  Our trooper was working a minor crash around 4:30 this morning on I-35. A vehicle slid into the back of the trooper’s unit. Then another vehicle slid into that one. Fortunately, our trooper was not in his vehicle and he was unharmed. Everyone stay safe out there today!”


While stopped for a previous crash, a patrol car was struck on I-70 this morning. Luckily, the trooper was not injured. Road conditions are deteriorating as the second wave of winter weather moves across the state. Avoid non essential travel. If you must travel – SLOW DOWN and use extra caution.”

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140 mph pursuit from Miami into Craig County, 5 armed subjects fled

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Shortly after 9:15 p.m. an NEO Campus police officer initiated a pursuit of a vehicle that fled onto the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike to the west, traveling into Craig County.

Spike strips were successful in stopping the vehicle near mile marker 292.

A pursuit that was initiated in Miami reaching speeds of 140 mph was terminated at mile marker 292 on I-44. 5 armed subjects fled on foot,” according to the Craig County Sheriff’s office in a release of information.

They have launched a drone with thermal imaging to allow officers to see in the dark.

Craig County Sheriff stated as of 10:28 p.m. “This is approx 1/2 mile east of the intersection of 250 Rd and 4430 Rd. 2 subjects have been taken into custody on 4430 Rd. 3 remain at large at this time. If you live in the area please secure your home and vehicles and be vigilant. Call 911 if you hear or see anything suspicious.”

All subjects were located after midnight.

The Miami Okla. Police Dept released a statement at 1:00 a.m.
“Miami Police assisted NEO PD and several other county units tonight in a pursuit that started on East Central and M St just south of NEO campus. The suspects fled at over 130 MPH on the turnpike and crashed their vehicle. The suspects then fled on foot into a field just north of Vinita Oklahoma. Miami UAS support team was called in to fly the area and located the suspects located here hiding in a tree grove in a field. We were able to guide Officers on the ground directly to the suspects and they were arrested without incident. Great team work by OHP Craig county Vinita PD and numerous Ottawa county departments. Great example of departments working together to make our community better.”