Two Allegedly Throw Explosive Devices at Joplin Police

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JOPLIN, Mo. — The two men Joplin police were searching for have been arrested by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

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JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police officers are looking for two men accused of throwing explosive devices at police officers after a routine traffic stop.

Just before 3:30 this morning, Joplin Police stopped a truck pulling a trailer at 4th and Sergeant, for not having trailer lights.

As an officer approached the truck, one of the suspects reportedly threw something out the window. It exploded and the two men fled the scene.

At E Street and Sergeant, another device was thrown from the truck – it exploded.

A Joplin police officer who was responding to back up calls lost control of the police car and hit a tree. He declined medical treatment.

No officers were hurt in the incident, but the men got away. Police are now looking for Keith Wald, 34, of Joplin and Nathan Felton, 22, of Neosho.

The two men were last seen in Cherokee County, Kansas near Highway 400 and Messer.

Wald and Felton were driving a 2001 White F-150 with an extended cab with a broken back left window. The truck plate is from Missouri and reads 4-M-Z-2-9-1. The truck was pulling a flatbed trailer with Missouri plate 6-8-E-6-Y-K.

The men are charged with: second-degree assault on law enforcement, armed criminal action, felony resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Bond for both men was set at $500,000 plus $250,000 cash. Neither suspect has been arrested.

The truck and trailer have been recovered.

The men are considered dangerous and anyone with any information should call the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131 or 911.

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