A dual search is underway for a fugitive from law enforcement, Robert Bailey, 32, of Jay, at Twin Bridges Sate Park.
UPDATE 06.02.17 4:30 P.M. - Bailey captured
Wyandotte Nation Police have reported Robert Bailey has been located and taken into custody.
A manhunt was kicked off when Bailey fled just before 7 a.m. Friday, June 2 from the Wyandotte Nation Riverbend Casino where he was spotted by casino security. It is speculated Bailey stole a tip jar from the casino.
It is speculated Bailey stole a tip jar from the casino.
Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd said Bailey managed to make his way back to land from the north side of an island in the Spring River at Twin Bridge State Park that he had fled to earlier in the pursuit.
Bailey was captured in the lot of the west side Dollar General Store in Wyandotte at approximately 4:20 p.m., with the direct apprehension being made by Sheriff's Deputy T.J. Brewster.
Floyd said Bailey was running the entire time of the pursuit and was tired and gave little resistance when finally arrested.
"It was a joint effort and I want to thank everyone involved," said Floyd. "That's what it takes to have a good conclusion."
"I hope I never have to deal with that island again," Floyd added.
WYANDOTTE – A fugitive from law enforcement, Robert Bailey, 32, of Jay, is now surrounded by law enforcement on a small island at Twin Bridges Sate Park.
Bailey, a suspect in a prior theft at the Wyandotte Nation Riverbend Casino, ran from police on foot into a wooded area after being spotted by security at the casino a little before 7 a.m this morning, according to Wyandotte Nation Police Chief Ken Murphy around noon today.
“Detective Steve Johnson went to the casino and attempted to make contact with the individual identified as Robert Bailey in the parking lot, “ Murphy said. “Mr. Bailey fled on foot north into the wooded area across the road from the casino. We called in additional assistance and set up a search parameter, and OHP launched their helicopter. He was located in a wooded area on the east side of Spring River by Ottawa County deputies and fled by swimming into the river and swam over to an island.”
The island is located 250 to 300 yard south of Highway 60 at the Spring River Bridge.
“That island is flooded and covered with brush and heavy vegetation, so we're not able to access the island,” Murphy said. “We have transitioned somewhat to a rescue because the OHP helicopter crew advised when they last saw him entering the brush at the island he appeared to be struggling. We lost sight at that point and haven't seen him since.”
Murphy said the search is a dual search at this point, both an armed manhunt search and rescue mission to find Bailey.
“If he's in distress we certainly want to get him out of there in good shape,” he said. “We just haven't seen him for awhile.”
Search and rescue boats are in the area as well as law enforcement personnel from across the county including the Wyandotte Nation Police, Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, GRDA, Eastern Shawnee Police, Fairland, Miami Nation, Quapaw Marshals and Quapaw Fire/EMS and Quapaw Tribe Fire and EMS are also on scene assisting.
“We have several boats and aircraft in the air as well,” Murphy said. “We requested boats when he got near the water and were able to set up and have had air support since then. I'm confident that he's contained to this island area.”
Bailey also has warrants for his arrest from Delaware County District Court for attempting to allude police officers and other felony charges.
Check back for updates as they develop.
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