McDanel captured

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Update: 3:45 PM

We’ve spoken with Ottumwa Police LT Jason Bell who gave us a few more details in today’s arrest of Dustin McDanel. Bell tells us that at this point, no other arrests have been made in connection with McDanel’s 19 day manhunt. The manhunt was truly nationwide; Bell tells us that numerous raids and searches were preformed including as far away as Phoenix, Arizona. He also told us that due to the constraints of the legal system, no time frame has been set for McDanel’s extradition back to Iowa. The  Ottumwa Police Department will be sending investigators to Richmond Heights tomorrow (Saturday) to interview McDanel.

Original Story:

Ottumwa’s most wanted man, Dustin McDanel has been captured. Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says that he was captured in the St. Louis area at around 11:15 Friday morning. McDanel has been on the run for 19 days after he was accused of murdering Roger Wiseman Jr on January 4h, 2015. Officers have been trying to identify possible locations where McDanel was hiding since that time. Two police raids in the Ottumwa area were unsuccessful. The investigation did turn up an associate living in the St Louis area, and a raid of that residence resulted in police finding McDanel hiding under a bed. He was taken into custody without incident. The Ottumwa Police Department would specifically like to thank the Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Intelligence and the Richmond Heights Missouri Police Department for their efforts which lead to McDanel’s arrest.

“A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

 

Full press release from the Ottumwa Police Department:

On Friday, January 23, 2015, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Dustan William McDanel, age 24, was arrested on his outstanding warrants for Murder 1st Degree and Escape from Custody. McDanel was arrested at a house located at 1200 Yale Ave., in Richmond Heights, Missouri, which is a suburb of St. Louis. Police searched this residence and found McDanel hiding under a bed. McDanel was taken into custody without incident.

Since Roger Wiseman’s murder on January 4, 2015, officers have been trying to identify possible locations where McDanel could be hiding. As a result of this investigation, officers identified an associate of McDanel living in Richmond Heights, which ultimately lead to his arrest.

Numerous law enforcement agencies participated in the search for Dustan McDanel. The Ottumwa Police Department would specifically like to thank the Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Intelligence and the Richmond Heights Missouri Police Department for their efforts which lead to McDanel’s arrest.

“A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”