23-year-old Stephan Whaples, aka Travis Shane Adams, was arrested Monday after the Izard County Sheriff’s Office informed the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office that they would be searching for Whaples at a number of homes in the county. Officers with both the Izard and Baxter County offices checked the first residence and found 27-year-old Gearl Adams, who was was wanted on a Baxter County felony warrant. Adams was taken into custody, and from that arrest, authorities developed a lead on Whaples’ location. Officers from Izard County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Canine Handlers from the Arkansas Department of Corrections found Whaples hiding in a camper behind a residence on Hickory Street in Pineville, and was quickly taken into custody without struggle.
Whaples was originally charged with 3 counts of Fleeing, 3 counts of Theft of Property, Breaking or Entering, Criminal Trespass, and Reckless Driving. In addition to his arrest Monday, Whaples is also a suspect in Breaking or Entering and Theft of Property charges in Mountain Home and Baxter County that occurred after he fled in Norfork on July 17. Additional charges are expected to be filed against him in connection with those incidents. Whaples may also face a fourth Fleeing charge from the Norfork Police Chief from when he ran on July 17.
Whaples was the object of a several hour manhunt on July 17 in Norfork, Arkansas after he fled from the Norfork Police Chief at a private residence. Authorities had been following up on leads since July 17, which resulted in Whaples’ arrest shortly before 3 PM Monday afternoon.