The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 16, 2012

Teenager, sought in detective assault, remains at large


A suspect who had sheriff’s deputies, a police dog and a state patrol helicopter after him Wednesday afternoon west of Joplin remained at large on Thursday.

Lt. Brad Dorsey of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department said deputies had yet to locate Tyler G. Havens, 19, who is wanted for an alleged assault on a deputy, resisting arrest and three warrants out of Bates County charging him with probation violations.

Dorsey said a detective went to a home at 6797 Clearbrook Lane about 2:30 p.m. to question Havens as a suspect in an identity theft case. During questioning, Havens allegedly shoved the deputy into a wall and hit him in the face.

Havens then ran out the door, north across West Seventh Street near Malang Road and through a pasture into a wooded area, Dorsey said. He later recrossed the highway farther west and disappeared into some woods to the south. Dorsey said the undergrowth was so thick in those woods that the pursuers were forced to call off the search about 5:15 p.m.

The detective was taken to an urgent care clinic for treatment of injuries, including strained ligaments in a shoulder.

Havens was last seen wearing shorts and a light blue tank top. He is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair.

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