After several minutes, the wanted subjects determined that they burglarized the wrong residence, and the suspects quickly left the area in what was described as a white Dodge van.
Nevada Police Officers began searching the area for the suspect vehicle. Information was received that the suspect vehicle was traveling down Hickory St at a high rate of speed. Moments later a Nevada Patrol Officer located the suspect vehicle on Hickory St, and attempted to execute a stop on the vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield to the emergency vehicle. Other officers were on the same street traveling the opposite direction. The driver of the vehicle attempted to swerve into the driving lane of those officers creating a substantial risk to life and property.
Due to multiple felonies taking place Nevada Police, pursued the suspect vehicle to the northeast part of town. The pursuit led into Vernon County, where Vernon County Sheriff’s deputies assisted along with members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The suspect vehicle traveled off the roadway and thru a cornfield causing severe damage to the crop. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and began a search pattern with the assistance of several reliable citizens. The vehicle was found abandon and stuck in the mud near a wooded area.
During the search, one of the suspect’s in the home invasion surrendered to law enforcement. He was identified as 33 year old, Randy Northrup, from Lebanon, Missouri. He was taken into custody and transported to the Vernon County Jail. Warrants were issued by the Vernon County Associate Circuit Court charging Northrup with the following:
1. Burglary 1st Degree
2. Resisting Felony Arrest
3. Property Damage 2nd Degree
Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.
Vernon County Law Enforcement had the assistance of multiple citizens in the search. A drone was used to search for the suspect, along with an aircraft to get an aerial view of the fields below.
On July 20, while conducting police surveillance at about 1330 hours, a second suspect was arrested by Detectives in the area of 300 block E. Walnut. He was conveyed to the Vernon County Jail pending warrant application.
Also in the evening of July 20, a Vernon County Sheriff's Deputy obtained information on the location of a third suspect. He was also taken into custody in rural Vernon County and is in the Vernon County jail pending warrant application.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.
For questions regarding crime prevention techniques or to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Nevada Police Department at 417- 448 – 2710.
To report criminal activities call 911 or us the Tip Hotline 417- 448 - 5117.