Manhunt over in Newton County

Joplin News First

NEWTON Co. (Stark City/Newtonia) — Authorities have located the suspect who attempted to elude police all evening. First in a 100 mph car chase and then on foot for hours in the cold darkness.

“In custody, subject in custody,” came through our radio. EMS were then dispatched to Raccoon Road where the male in custody was suffering wounds from a dog bite.

Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings confirmed in in a message to the public, “In reference to the manhunt in Newtonia/Stark City, the suspect is in custody. More information will be released at a later time.”

Shannon Becker is at the scene and will bring updates as they become available.


About 6:30 PM Joplin News First received information regarding a high speed pursuit approaching Newton Co. Tipsters told us it was a white Tahoe.

According to radio traffic Greene Co. and Barry Co. vehicles were pursuing the SUV, speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The single occupant/driver is a homicide suspect from Greene County.

DESCRIPTION: Male 5’9″ reddish blond hair with a beard medium build. Considered armed and dangerous! If you see any thing call 911 or 417-451-8333.

Newtonia and Stark City Community Watch Group

The white Tahoe was abandoned near Teal Road south of MO-86 where the SUV had become disabled from running through fences.

The suspect could be armed. Secure your home and do not answer the door. Call 911 if you become suspicious.

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