The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 11, 2014

Suspect arrested on stolen vehicle charges

— Police believe they solved two stolen vehicle cases with the arrest of a suspect this morning following a brief vehicle pursuit and crash on the southwest side of Joplin.

About 10:20 a.m., an officer spotted a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the vicinity of the Petro truck stop on Highway 43. The truck had been reported stolen less than three hours earlier from the parking garage at Freeman Hospital West. The suspect sped off when he saw the officer and crashed the truck into a Ford Taurus moments later at the intersection of Highway 43 and Cedar Drive.

The suspect, later identified as Joshua G. Randall, 36, of Goodman, got out of the  truck and fled on foot to a parking lot behind a McDonald’s restaurant, where he tried to commandeer another vehicle but was stopped and taken into custody by police.

Police Lt. Matt Stewart said one of the three occupants of the Ford Taurus was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of a possible broken arm. The other two were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the crash and released, he said.

Information obtained from Randall at the scene led police to believe he was involved in the theft of a city Parks Department vehicle Thursday afternoon outside a convenience store at 20th Street and Schifferdecker Avenue. The city vehicle was recovered about 11 a.m. today near the intersection of Seventh Street and Harlem Avenue.

Charges are being sought against Randall for two counts of motor vehicle theft, leaving the scene of an injury accident, resisting arrest and robbery.



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