According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began after authorities were notified of numerous individuals in a light-colored pickup truck who were committing crimes in the Dixon area.
When police spotted the vehicle just after midnight Friday, they attempted a traffic stop. However, the vehicle fled and a high-speed pursuit ensued.
The suspect’s truck was involved in several minor traffic accidents during the pursuit, but managed to elude officers on a rural country road, according to the sheriff’s department.
After daybreak, the vehicle was located on a gravel road, north of Hwy D, filled with property believed to be stolen. The individuals involved in the thefts were not with the vehicle, however police were able to identify and begin a search for them.
Citizen tips later led police to an address on Comet Rd., just south of Dixon.
When police arrived, they discovered one suspect had visited the home and left behind a large bag full of clothing, weapons and a suspected explosive device. Also while at the home, the suspect reportedly told witnesses that he was going to use the explosive device to kill someone living close-by.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal and K-9 Units from Fort Leonard Wood were called in and concluded that the device was already disabled and not a threat.
As of 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, one woman and two men are in the custody of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department relating to offenses involving the above crime spree.
Criminal charges are being sought for each suspect. Their identification will not be released until formal charges have been filed.
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