A two-state pursuit and the separate apprehension of a male suspect who barricaded himself under the floor of an Afton home kept the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and fellow law enforcement officers wildly busy this weekend.
QUAPAW/AFTON - It was another wildly busy weekend for the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office with a two-state pursuit, and another apprehension of a male suspect wanted for multiple warrants and a new charge of felony domestic violence with strangulation.
The pursuit occurred Friday afternoon when two individuals from Kansas, Marion B. Lewis, and Frankie L. Raines, led law enforcement on a chase after officers there attempted to make a traffic stop.
“They were actually driving through Baxter Springs on a rim, and no tags, just like nothing was going on,” Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd said. “ The officer attempted to make contact with them, and when they got to the state line, they pulled off.”
Floyd said the vehicle made it almost to Quapaw and that is when the Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit.
The pursuit went back towards Kansas, turned down 10 Road and then back to the west and slowed down because of driving on the rim on the gravel road.
“We boxed them in and took them into custody,” Floyd said. “They had warrants for their arrest, and also they had a bunch of alcohol in the car and appeared to be intoxicated.”
A suspect in a domestic violence by strangulation investigation, Travis Lavern Horton, 45, of Afton, fled from law enforcement after they were dispatched at 11:59 a.m. on June 11 and barricaded himself in an Afton home located at 302 Locust Street.
The crying victim, a 34-year-old Afton woman, met law enforcement outside and told them Horton was inside the house.
“A suspect had basically barricaded himself. We were looking for him for domestic violence with a strangulation charge, and he had some other warrants and protective orders and a violation of his probation,” Floyd said.
Horton was known to be in the house on Locust Street when the initial crime was reported. When law enforcement, Chief Deputy Abel Stose, Deputy Kyle Lankford, and Fairland Police Officer Damon Von Moss, responded there, Horton barricaded himself inside the house.
“Officers actually witnessed him on the top floor looking out the window,” Floyd said. “After several attempts by voice and using the P.A. system to try to get him to come out, he refused.”
The deputies warned Horton they were coming in and gained entry to the two-story house through a side door based on warrants issued, according to the Sheriff.
During the search, deputies discovered a hole covered by a board in the floor into the crawl space beneath the house.
“We found him underneath the floor in the crawl space towards the west end of the house in the mud,” Floyd said. “Two of our deputies actually went down into the floor and crawled over.”
Deputies Christian and Lankford are the officers who crawled in after Horton. Both had to receive tetanus shots and medical attention afterward from the mud and cuts received from debris for precautionary measures.
Floyd said the deputies were unsure if Horton was armed or not at the time. Floyd said Horton did not resist arrest.
“He crawled out on his own free will,” he said.
According to the OCSO report, the victim told deputies she had been at the residence, and at about 10 p.m. an argument had ensued between herself and Horton, and he had placed his hands around her neck.
She provided a photo depicting red marks on her neck that she told the deputies were caused by Horton.
After the fight, she said she took her 10-year-old daughter and went to a neighbor's house around 2 a.m. in the morning. She then returned to the residence at 11:59 a.m. and found Horton still in the house and called the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office dispatch.
While being transported to the Ottawa County Jail for booking, Horton admitted to deputies that he had been yelling and shoved the victim but told them nothing else occurred.
Horton told the deputies he was hiding because he did not want to go to jail and repeatedly asked what his bond would be.
Horton's warrants were from a 2016 domestic violence charge according to Floyd, and violations of his probation. Hortons' felony warrants were for 2016 counts of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, interference with an emergency charge, protective order violation, and four more separate protective order violation charges.
Horton now faces further charges from the event.
Also responding to the call were Eastern Shawnee Tribal Police Officer Kolin Hall, several Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers, an Oklahoma Park Ranger, Wyandotte Nation Police Officers and Sheriff Floyd.
“I'm very proud of our staff and all of law enforcement in this county for working together. That's the main thing and something that I hoped and prayed for from the beginning,” Floyd said. “I want to continue that legacy and that goal. To me when everyone works together, is on the same page, as a team, things happen.
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