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April 11, 2014

Assault on officer leaves him unconscious; manhunt for suspect crosses Missouri-Oklahoma border

SENECA, Mo. — A suspect wanted on charges in Arkansas left a police officer unconscious early Friday morning outside a convenience store in Seneca and then ran off into Oklahoma.

Authorities on both sides of the Missouri-Oklahoma line were still searching for Cory A. Rantz, 25, late Friday afternoon.

Police Chief James Altic said Rantz was involved in a domestic disturbance about midnight Thursday at his girlfriend’s home in Seneca. He allegedly assaulted a former boyfriend of his girlfriend, and police were called. Altic said the lone police officer on duty responded with the assistance of Newton County sheriff’s deputies.

“As they gained entry to the home, the guy dove through a glass window and ran off,” Altic said.

He said officers had learned while on their way to the address that Rantz, who has been living in Seneca in recent weeks, was wanted in Conway, Ark., for alleged violations of probation received on drug and theft convictions. The police officer developed information where Rantz might show up later that night and managed to confront him about 3 a.m. inside Big Daddy’s convenience store in Seneca.

Altic said Rantz ran from the store but that the officer tackled him in the parking lot. A fight in which the officer was knocked out ensued.


THE OFFICER, who was not named by authorities, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin and treated for a severe concussion, abrasions and bruises.


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