Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
Four people, including a juvenile, were charged in Pontotoc County District Court this week in connection with an alleged robbery and car chase which occurred earlier this month.
All were charged for an alleged armed robbery which led to a police pursuit and tense manhunt Dec. 5. Three suspects, Deremy Danayle Washington, 36, Kasandra Michelle Loudermilk, 19, and 16-year-old Jordan Tanner Perkins of Ada, were charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a controlled dangerous substance — methamphetamine.
A fourth suspect, Charles Lee Katera Runnels, 24, believed to be the driver during the pursuit, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of a controlled dangerous substance — methamphetamine and eluding or attempting to elude a peace officer.
A call went out for a robbery in progress at a residence in Shady Oaks Trailer Park on County Road 3530, just west of Ada, shortly after 10:30 a.m.
The victims, three in all, told authorities that four suspects fled in a small white car after the robbery. According to court documents, the victims said the suspects entered the house and tried to take a wallet from one of the occupants by gunpoint. The victim was allegedly assaulted while the mugging was occurring. Another victim said one of the suspects stole her cell phone while she was calling 911.
Sheriff’s deputies located the car near the intersection of Egypt Road and U.S. 377 and a pursuit began.
Law enforcement from several agencies joined the pursuit, which continued south on the J.A. Richardson Loop at speed reaching over 100 miles per hour.
The driver forced a deputy’s patrol car off the road after he swerved toward the patrol car and a Chickasaw Lighthorse patrol vehicle, deputies said. The patrol car hit a pole and had minor damage to the driver’s side, but the deputy was not injured.
The suspects then left the Loop, turned north on Kerr Lab and crashed into a tree after running off the road near the intersection of 30th Street and Kerr Lab Road.
According to deputies, Loudermilk immediately left the car with her hands up and surrendered. Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said Runnels, Washington and Perkins fled after the crash.
Perkins was apprehended quickly, but Runnels and Washington got away. A perimeter was set up by sheriff’s deputies, Ada police, Chickasaw Lighthorse police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, and a manhunt ensued.
Washington was arrested about two hours after the manhunt began, when an Ada resident spotted him hiding in the resident’s backyard not far from the crash scene. Runnels was arrested later that evening after a tip led deputies and Chickasaw Lighthorse police to a residence in Latta.
Christian said a pistol and a bag of methamphetamine were found in the suspects’ vehicle.