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Suspect in multiple Joplin vehicle thefts is in custody

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF JOPLIN

At approximately 7:35AM on April 11, 2014, officers with the Joplin Police Department took a report of a stolen vehicle from the parking garage at Freeman West Hospital located at 1102 W. 32nd Street. The vehicle that was stolen was a 2000 Ford F150 extended cab. At approximately 10:20AM an officer with the Joplin Police Department saw this vehicle in the area of Petro on south 43 Highway. The suspect saw the officer in the area and the suspect then fled from the officer. The suspect vehicle struck a Ford Taurus in the intersection of 43 Hwy and Cedar Dr. in the front of the vehicle. The suspect then fled from the accident on foot. The suspect then attempted to take another vehicle by force from the lot located behind McDonalds that was occupied by two people. The suspect had opened the door to the vehicle and began telling them to get out of the vehicle. The officer was able to disrupt this attempt and took the suspect into custody.

There were three people in the Ford Taurus that was struck by the suspect vehicle. The front seat passenger of the vehicle that was struck was transported by EMS with a possible broken arm. The other two occupants of the vehicle were treated and released on scene.

After interviewing the suspect on scene, it was determined that the male was also involved in the theft of a City Parks Vehicle on April 10, 2014. At approximately 2:20PM on April 10, 2014 the Joplin Police Department received a call of a stolen vehicle that is owned by the City of Joplin. The vehicle was taken from the convenience store located at 20th and Schifferdecker. This vehicle was recovered in the area of 7th and Harlem on April 11, 2014 at approximately 11:00AM.

The suspect is Joshua G. Randall, a 36 year old male with an address in Goodman, MO. He has been arrested for two counts of motor vehicle theft, leaving the scene of an injury accident, resisting arrest, and first degree robbery.

Charges will be sent to the Jasper County Prosecutor for Vehicle Theft for the theft of the City Vehicle that occurred on April 10th.

Charges will also be sent to the Newton County Prosecutor for Vehicle Tampering for the theft of the vehicle from Freeman West, and also charges will be sent for First Degree Robbery, Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident and for Felony Resisting Arrest.

This investigation will be continuing and if there are further charges we will update this press release.

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