The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 9, 2013

Suspect in Joplin assault captured

JOPLIN, Mo. — A fugitive sought in connection with an Oct. 30 assault that left a Joplin woman critically injured has been arrested.

Mark A. Thomas, 28, of Diamond, was arrested Friday in the 700 block of South Picher Avenue after police received an anonymous tip as to his whereabouts. Four felony warrants were served on him, and he remains in custody at the Jasper County Jail on bonds totaling $202,000.

Thomas is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the assault of Amy Denney, 29, of Joplin, about 1:35 a.m. on Oct. 30 at 3216 S. Grand Ave.

Thomas allegedly beat Denney in the head with a blunt instrument, causing severe injuries to her skull and brain. Since then, she has been released from the hospital and is continuing to recover, according to police.

An officer who initially arrived on the scene of the assault observed Thomas near the victim’s apartment. Witnesses subsequently identified him as her assailant, but he eluded arrest at that time, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

A second suspect, Samuel J. Hughes, 24, was arrested Nov. 1 and charged with participating in the attack. A separate affidavit alleges that Hughes struck Denney’s head several times with his knee.

Two of the arrest warrants served on Thomas were issued by Newton County, where he had been convicted in February of felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of a firearm stemming from charges filed in January 2011. He received suspended sentences and probation on those convictions, and the arrest warrants allege violation of that probation.

2012 conviction

Thomas also had been convicted in Jasper County in August 2012 of felony possession of marijuana and was released on probation about a year ago.

 

1
Text Only
Crime & Courts
  • Marionville man hurt in accident in Barry County

    A Marionville man suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 11:14 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 60, two miles east of Monett in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

    April 16, 2014

  • Fire forces man to jump from balcony

    A Joplin resident was forced to jump from an upstairs balcony when his home caught fire Monday night after an explosion.

    April 16, 2014

  • Shooter in Joplin murder sentenced to life in prison

    The teen convicted of being the triggerman in the murder of Jacob Wages was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. At a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Circuit Judge Gayle Crane followed a jury’s recommendations in assessing Daniel D. Hartman, 18, two life sentences on convictions for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, and 15 years on a conviction for burglary.

    April 15, 2014

  • Ex-Jasper teacher’s aide accused of sexual contact with student

    A former teacher’s aide at Jasper High School has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student and is being investigated for possible sexual contact with other boys at the school. Janice L. Rusk, 43, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy following investigations by school officials and law enforcement.

    April 15, 2014

  • Suspect in assault on officer apprehended in Texas

    The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and alleged probation violations in Arkansas. Cody A. Rantz, 25, is being held in Collin County north of Dallas on warrants issued in Missouri and Arkansas. Federal marshals reportedly located the fugitive at a strip mall in Texas on Monday afternoon and took him into custody.

    April 15, 2014

  • 070912-Daniel-Hartman.jpg Hartman receives life terms

    The teen convicted of being the triggerman in the murder of Jacob Wages was sentenced today to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janice Rusk 041514.jpg Teacher’s aide accused of sexual contact with student

    A former teacher’s aide at Jasper High School has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student and is being investigated for possible sexual contact with other boys at the school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cory Rantz 041514 c.jpg Suspect in assault of officer nabbed in Texas

    The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas on Monday who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and probation violations in Arkansas.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 22-year-old man held on charges in store break-in

    PITTSBURG, Kan. — A 22-year-old man is being held on charges stemming from a break-in a month ago at Pitt Discount Liquor in Pittsburg.

    April 15, 2014

  • Nine arrests made in DWI checkpoint by police in Joplin

    Police made nine arrests for alleged drunken driving at a sobriety checkpoint established over the weekend at Seventh Street and Illinois Avenue in Joplin.

    April 15, 2014

Local News
Sports
Facebook
Poll

In an effort to curb prostitution, St. Louis police are targeting, and perhaps humiliating, the "johns" who use the services. Postcards mailed to the homes of those charged with trying to pick up prostitutes will offer a reminder about spreading sexually transmitted diseases, along with listing the court date. Do you think this is a good approach?

A. Yes.
N. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers