Robert F. Douglas Arrested in Bates County After Vehicle Pursuit
36-year-old Robert Francis Douglas was taken into custody by the Bates County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, September 11, after a vehicle pursuit. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department had been looking for Douglas as a person of interest related to several crimes.
Douglas is a suspect in numerous thefts, burglaries and auto thefts in Johnson, Jackson, Cass, Bates, Henry and Pettis Counties. According to Johnson County Sheriff, Chuck Heiss, a three count warrant was issued by the Johnson County Circuit Court charging Douglas with tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, stealing a motor vehicle and felonious restraint. Bond was set at $25,000.
The arrest came after the day the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department announced that Douglas was a person of interest in crimes related to vehicles. On September 10, Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies saw Douglas attempting a burglary at the MFA in Emma, Missouri.
Douglas fled the scene in a stolen vehicle with a female passenger to Johnson County, where the vehicle was abandoned. Douglas then stole another vehicle from a barn in the area of 1100 NE 23 Highway in Knob Noster. Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies located the female subject near the barn, and found that she was being held against her will. Pettis County Deputies recovered the stolen truck in Dresden.
The following day, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office located Douglas, which resulted in the final vehicle pursuit that led to his arrest.