JOPLIN, Mo. — UPDATED, 11:02 a.m. — Police now say that Wright was not involved in the earlier stabbing in Webb City as was first reported by law enforcement. The suspect had made alleged threats toward an ex-girlfriend, but no stabbing took place, police said.
UPDATED, 9:30 a.m.: John Wright is in police custody, Joplin police said shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Lt. Matt Stewart said someone noticed Wright near 15th and South Main streets in Joplin and notified law enforcement. After a foot chase, Wright used pepper spray against one of the officers. He was taken into custody in a detached garage in the 1600 block of South Joplin Avenue without further incident, Stewart said.
Wright is currently being held in the Joplin City Jail pending charges.
UPDATED, 8:57 a.m.: Joplin police have identified the suspect they were searching for in an early-morning manhunt as John Wright, according to a release issued by Lt. Matt Stewart.
Wright is described as a white male who is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, according to the release.
Police said Wright is wanted for a possible violation of an ex-parte order and theft of a purse at 1301 S. Picher Ave. early today. He also was allegedly involved in a stabbing that occurred in Webb City over the weekend, and he has a probation violation warrant that is active, according to police.
Police said they were unable to locate Wright during a search in Joplin on Tuesday morning. The department plans to submit charges against Wright to the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 623-3131 or the Heartland Crime Stoppers at 782-TIPZ.
Joplin police have just called off an early-morning search for a man who is believed to have violated an order of protection, according to Lt. Matt Stewart.
Police officers were searching for a suspect in an area between Seventh and 13th streets and Picher Avenue and Maiden Lane, Stewart said. The search was being called off at about 8:15 a.m. because officers hadn’t been able to locate him, he said.
“He’s still at large,” Stewart said. He also said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Stewart said the suspect allegedly violated an order of protection against him by approaching a female employee at the Joplin bus barn near Junge Stadium. He said the suspect allegedly stole the victim’s purse and fled on foot from there. The suspect is also wanted for questioning related to an overnight stabbing in Jasper County, he said.
The Joplin Police Department can be reached at 623-3131. Joplin school spokesperson Kelli Price said the manhunt has not affected any schools in that area.