The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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October 22, 2010

Charges filed against DAV thrift store suspect

Man still on loose

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Jasper County Prosecutor’s office has charged Stephen N. Agee with first degree robbery and armed criminal action for the Oct. 12 armed robbery of the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Shop.

Agee, 49, of Springfield, is still at large. A Joplin Police Department news release states he frequents casinos. Officers from Missouri and Oklahoma were involved in a chase with Agee’s Pontiac Grand Am on Oct. 14. A police detective identified Agee at Downstream Casino Resort and officers tried to intercept him as he left the casino.

A Newton County sheriff’s deputy and a Joplin police detective tried to pull Agee over at Greenwood Drive and Missouri Highway 166.

 The Newton County prosecutor has charged Agee with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, alleging he tried to run over Joplin police Lt. Mike Hobson as he tried to deploy stop sticks.

Agee fled east on Interstate 44, then south on Missouri Highway 43. The chase then headed west on Route U into Oklahoma, where it becomes Highway 10. Police lost sight of him.

Agee abandoned his car in a wooded area behind a house and was able to get away.

Workers at the DAV store said the robber took around $350 in the robbery.

A witness to the DAV store robbery saw the gunman run from the store and get into a white truck a block away. The witness got a license plate number, which he provided to police. That led police to Agee as the suspect.

Bond has been set for Agee at $50,000 for the robbery and $10,000 for the armed criminal action.

Police say Agee should be considered armed and dangerous and discouraged residents from making contact with him.

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