Monday, May 11, 2015

Butler man arrested on Nevada, Missouri Charges

Robert F. Douglas
On 5/8/15, Nevada Police responded to the 900 block of E Subway Blvd and again to the 700 block of N Osage Blvd, around 11:00 P.M. In both cases, entry was made into the back window of trucks while parked on the lots of business parking lots while the vehicle owners were patrons of the businesses. Officers responded and gathered investigative leads, descriptions of stolen items and developed suspect descriptions. The police officers began searching the area to locate the suspects.


Around 1:30 AM, a Nevada Police Officer located a man and woman, matching the description of the wanted suspects, near Osage and Hickory Street. The officer attempted to approach the male suspect, who then fled on foot. The officer gave chase through several yards, vaulting a fence and finally apprehended the male suspect a short distance later after deploying his electronic control device. The police officer sustained minor injuries during the pursuit, but has been cleared to return to duty. 

Multiple items of stolen property, including a woman’s pocket book with enclosed identification, cell phones and other property were found on the suspect and recovered after the scene. The suspect was also in possession of a burglary tool that was recovered at the time of the arrest. The female accomplice fled the area during the foot pursuit but investigators have determined the identity of the wanted subject.

The arrested subject has been identified as a 39 year old, Butler, Missouri resident Robert F Douglas. Douglas was transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding. An arrest warrant has been issued by the Vernon County Associate Circuit Court on charging Douglas with the following;
  • Stealing, a C Felony,Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, a C Felony and Resisting arrest, a Class D Felony. Douglas is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.
To report criminal activities to the dispatch center call 417-448-2710 or use the Tip Hotline at 417-448-5117. All information will be kept confidential.