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April 15, 2014

Suspect in assault on officer apprehended in Texas

The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and alleged probation violations in Arkansas.

Cory A. Rantz, 25, is being held in Collin County north of Dallas on warrants issued in Missouri and Arkansas. Federal marshals reportedly located the fugitive at a strip mall in Texas on Monday afternoon and took him into custody.

Rantz allegedly knocked a police officer unconscious during a struggle about 3 a.m. Friday outside Big Daddy’s convenience store in Seneca. The officer was attempting to arrest him on probation violation warrants issued in Arkansas and in connection with a misdemeanor assault that had taken place earlier that night at his girlfriend’s home in Seneca.

The suspect ran away into Oklahoma after the struggle with the officer and became the subject of a manhunt by law enforcement on both sides of the state line. Seneca police Chief James Altic said there is reason to believe that Rantz received help getting to Texas, and that charges could be brought against anyone who either harbored or aided him in any other manner.



Warrants

CODY RANTZ is wanted in Arkansas on charges of violating probation he received on theft and drug convictions. Warrants were issued against him in Missouri on a charge of first-degree assault on the Seneca officer and a felony count of resisting arrest.

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