By Jeff Lehr
Police in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday arrested one of the juvenile suspects in the slaying of Jacob Wages in Joplin.
Joplin police said a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was being held at a juvenile office in Tulsa pending extradition to Missouri.
A second juvenile suspect, and 17-year-old Daniel D. Hartman, of Tulsa, remained at large.
Court documents indicate that Hartman and the two juveniles are believed to have entered Wages’ home at 1912 S. Pearl Ave. sometime early Friday morning with an intent to steal. Wages confronted them, and Hartman is believed by police to have shot and killed him with a handgun he was carrying.
The three suspects then stole an assault rifle and fled, according to probable-cause affidavits filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. Sometime after the shooting, another burglary took place at the address, the affidavits state.
Johnathan J. Taylor, 19, of Joplin, and Cody E. Stephens, 20, of Parsons, Kan., are charged with entering the home and taking a lockbox belonging to Wages. They were arrested Sunday on burglary charges.
POLICE HAVE NOT SAID what was in the lockbox or if it has been recovered. They also have not said what, if any, link exists between the two burglaries, other than the victim they have in common, or whether the two burglaries the same day were sheer coincidence.