Two arrests related to manhunt

Sheriff’s deputies made two arrests — one late Tuesday night and another Wednesday morning —  as a result of a manhunt prompted by a high-speed pursuit through southern Pottawatomie County Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Scott Hawkins tried to initiate a traffic stop Tuesday at Rattlesnake Hill Road and SH 102, but the driver of the suspect vehicle fled the scene. The pursuit continued in areas of Tribbey, exceeding 100 miles per hour. Near Romulus Lake, the vehicle came to a stop and slid off the roadway, and two male suspects fled into the woods. A manhunt began and continued until about 5 p.m., then organized searches turned into patrols. About 8 p.m., reports of a stranger seeking help at a residence and asking to use a phone prompted another search. By late Tuesday night, Deputy Chris Ayers spotted a man, sweating profusely, walking southbound on Old Highway 18, reports show. The man, identified as Steven Walter Snodgrass, 31, Tecumseh, was arrested. Snodgrass was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a complaint of felony eluding police, and was later was released after posting bond, rosters show. Tuesday morning, Deputy Jimmy Brewer, patrolling U.S. 177, spotted a man walking, Sheriff Mike Booth said. Over the radio, he asked for the physical description and name of the second suspect being sought, and moments later, Booth said Brewer advised he had a suspect in custody. Chad Alan Adams, 24, of Oklahoma City, was arrested and booked into the PCPSC, where he was being held without bond on a hold for another county, jail rosters show. Booth, who said deputies held a perimeter of the search area throughout the night with continued patrols, said those efforts contained the alleged suspects until they exited the wooded areas. In addition to deputies and reserves at the scene, Maud and Asher police, as well as Absentee Shawnee and Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal police, as well as the city of Shawnee warrant officer, assisted in the manhunt. Booth said the community also helped. As the searched commenced, Booth said deputies contacted residents in the area so they could secure their vehicles and homes. “Several people in the area contacted us and asked what they could do to help,” Booth said, adding some were driving roads as part of the search. “People were involved in helping protect their community.” When deputies impounded the pursuit vehicle Tuesday night, it had property inside that could be linked to a residential burglary in Saint Louis, Booth said. The investigation is continuing and then the case will be forwarded to the district attorney for review. No charges have been filed.