At least four suspects were in custody for questioning late Monday evening following a manhunt that was continuing in an area south of SH 9. Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said a homeowner returned home Monday afternoon and saw an individual carrying property away from his residence. The homeowner drove toward that man and saw two people flee into the woods, the sheriff said, then noticed guns were missing from his home.
Deputies responded and set up a perimeter, Booth said, searching nearly three-fourths of a mile from that home. The area centered about one mile south of SH 9 between Gaddy and Bethel roads, the sheriff said. Deputies, along with assisting agencies, searched nearby homes, including one that appeared to have suspicious activity, Booth said. Three suspects were found hiding underneath that mobile home, he said, with two of them matching the description of the burglary suspects. About 9 p.m., those suspects were custody for questioning while deputies remained in the woods, he said, looking for evidence and to see if anyone else was hiding in the woods. Sheriff’s deputies were utilizing two of their search dogs, while tracking dogs from other agencies were on standby until needed because of the heat, he said. Assisting were Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies and a K-9, along with McLoud Police, Seminole County deputies, Sac and Fox Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal police, along with the sheriff’s warrants team.
Despite the heat and no breeze the woods, law enforcement officers made quick work to contain the suspects, Booth said. The suspects allegedly parked a car nearby, Booth said, but they reportedly ran in the opposite direction of where that car was parked. “They’ve been scared and confused and that’s given us an advantage,” Booth said.
By late evening, all but one of the missing weapons had been accounted for, Booth said.