- Ada, Oklahoma

AN Breaking News


December 6, 2013

Fourth and final robbery suspect caught

Ada —

A man wanted in an armed robbery was found and arrested Thursday evening after a lengthy manhunt.

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said 24-year-old Charles Lee Katera Runnels of Ada was found at a residence in Latta at 7:30 p.m. Christian said deputies and Chickasaw Lighthorse police found Runnels hiding in a closet at the home of someone he knew.

Runnels and three other people are suspected of committing an armed robbery earlier Thursday, which led to a wild police chase that ended with a crash and manhunt.

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. 

Christian is not yet releasing details of the robbery as it is still under investigation, but he did say an assault was committed during the crime. He said the suspects knew the victims before the robbery.

The victims told authorities that four suspects fled in a small white car after the robbery. Sheriff’s deputies located the car near the intersection of Egypt Road and U.S. 377 and a pursuit began, deputies said.

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, one suspect, 19-year-old Kasandra Michelle Loudermilk, immediately left the car with her hands up and surrendered. Christian said three other suspects —  a 17-year-old male whose name was not released, Runnels and 36-year-old Deremy Washington of Ada —  fled after the crash. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Must See
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow

Are you pleased that Oklahoma has repealed Common Core standards for public school students?

     View Results