Two of three suspects have now been arrested in connection with $25,000 strong armed robbery just outside of Miami.
UPDATE | Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m.
Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd confirmed Friday, Aug. 4 that a second suspect, Jeremy Pogue has been arrested.
"Jeremy Pogue is in CUSTODY! Fayetteville PD and Washington County SO Arkansas made an arrest at approximately 430 am this morning," Floyd wrote in a Facebook post. "The relentless pursuit of justice Ottawa County Investigators Holli Goforth and Rocky Ferdig had led authorities to the whereabouts on Pogue's location. I'm very humbled for their dedication and service to Ottawa County."
OTTAWA COUNTY – One of three suspects in a strong armed robbery that took place just outside of Miami Sunday, July 30 has been captured thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd first brought the robbery to the public’s attention in a morning social media post on Monday, July 31. From his personal Facebook account and later on the County Sheriff’s page Floyd laid out the basic details of the robbery and asked for the community’s assistance in providing any additional information or sightings of one female and two male suspects identified as Melanie Blackburn, Jeremy Pogue, and Joshua Hollon.
Before the end of Monday night, Hollan was in custody and is currently being held at the Ottawa County Jail.
As of Thursday, Aug. 3, Ottawa County Undersheriff Dan Cook confirmed Blackburn and Pogue are still being sought.
The Sheriff's Office warns the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and that civilians should not contact or approach them.
If you spot the suspects or have further information, contact local law enforcement or the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 918-542-2806.
Sometime before noon on July 31, Melanie Blackburn is said to have approached a man at an area casino requesting a ride home. The man, whose name is still being withheld as the investigation is ongoing, agreed to give Blackburn a ride taking her directions to her supposed residence in his vehicle.
Instead, Blackburn is said to have led the victim to a remote area just outside of Miami where his vehicle was blocked from leaving by a white, four-door Nissan from which Holland and Pogue are said to have emerged armed with a weapon.
Approximately $25,000 in cash winnings from a casino was stolen from the victim, which he had won earlier that morning.
All three suspects fled the scene together and were chased for a time by the victim who struck the suspects’ vehicle several times before they got away.
In Floyd’s Facebook post on Monday, he advised the vehicle that is believed to have been used in the robbery was recovered by law enforcement with its interior stripped and damage to the rear that matched that on the victim’s car.
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