The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 7, 2012

Suspected shooter in Joplin death captured

JOPLIN, Mo. — The suspected shooter in a home-invasion robbery and murder on July 6 in Joplin was tracked down and arrested Monday in Mississippi.

Federal marshals and Mississippi state police located 17-year-old Daniel D. Hartman in the town of Rolling Fork, and took him into custody on a warrant alleging first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary.

Hartman, a reputed member of a Crips street gang in Tulsa, Okla., is one of five suspects in a home-invasion murder at 1912 S. Pearl Ave. in Joplin. Jacob A. Wages, 23, was shot to death in the course of the crime. Hartman, who authorities believe fired the shot that killed Wages, was the fourth suspect to be arrested in the case.

“That was a big step,” Sgt. Chad Allison of the Joplin Police Department said Tuesday. “Just one more to go.”

A juvenile gang member from Tulsa remains at large. Previously arrested were Johnathan J. Taylor, 19, of Joplin; Cody E. Stephens, 20, of Parsons, Kan.; and a second juvenile from Tulsa. Taylor and Stephens are charged with second-degree murder and burglary.

Allison said Joplin police received a tip through the Crime Stoppers program that led to Hartman’s arrest. That information was passed on to the U.S. Marshals Service, he said.

“They had been focusing their efforts on the Tulsa area, but we started getting information that he had been seen down in Mississippi,” he said.

Two Joplin detectives were on their way to that state Tuesday. If Hartman waives extradition, the detectives may be bringing him back to Missouri with them. The warrant issued for Hartman in Jasper County carries a surety bond of $400,000 and a cash bond of $50,000.

Allison said it was not yet known how the fugitive got to Mississippi or why he chose to hide from the law in Rolling Fork.

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