(Hartville) – Two people face a wide range of charges after a stolen vehicle and a manhunt in Webster County.
Austin Slizell, whose address is unknown according to court documents, was charged Monday in Wright County Circuit Court for 2 Counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, 2 Counts of Receiving Stolen Property, 2 Counts of Resisting Arrest for a Felony, 2 Counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution/Delivery/ Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Possession of Burglary Tools, 2 Counts of Assault on Law Enforcement Officers, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Bond was set at $25,000 Cash. Slizell is being held in Webster County on charges in that county. Another person, Regan Hyde, was charged with 2 Counts of Receiving Stolen Property, 2 Counts of Resisting Arrest and 2 Counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. He bond was set at $5000 cash. Hyde is being held at the Wright County Jail.
On June 11, Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler says the sheriff’s office received a phone call from a land owner that there was an abandoned pickup parked in a field on the Wright and Webster line just off of Highway V. Sheriff Adler responded to the call and found that the truck belonging to a Hartville resident was stolen in Webster County east of Seymour during the night. The owner of the truck, a deputy from Webster County, arrived and it was confirmed that the Red truck was his. The owner said he would be back to pick his truck up but had to run to the garage where it was left to get the key for it.
Around 11:30 AM, a caller called and said another vehicle pulled into the field and both vehicles left. A call was placed to the owner of the truck to see if he had picked up his truck and he said that he was still in Seymour.
Sheriff Adler and the Webster County deputy responded to the location. On the way, Sheriff Adler says he received a phone call from the victim stating he just had contact with his truck and the red Jeep on Love Ridge Road just inside Webster County, where the suspect in the truck, Austin Slizell, reportedly pulled a gun on him and told him that he would kill him.
The stolen truck was eventually abandoned just off of Highway AB, where the Jeep, reportedly operated by Hyde, picked up the male subject and the Jeep continued east bound on Highway AB and came back into Wright County.
A vehicle pursuit then occurred, and around 1:45 PM, the Jeep was abandoned. Slizell was found around 2:30 PM after a foot pursuit with a Webster County Deputy.
The Webster County and Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search, along with the Hartville, Mansfield, and Seymour Police Departments.