Warsaw Man Apprehended After Lengthy Search in Benton County
30-year-old Nicholas Scott Littlejohn, of Warsaw, whom authorities were searching for since Tuesday afternoon, was apprehended near 38311 VV Highway (southwest of Edwards) at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, according to Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox.
Knox credited the teamwork of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Pettis County K9 teams, MSHP troopers and the Patrol's air unit in capturing the suspect.
A homeowner called the Sheriff's Department with the whereabouts of Littlejohn, which allowed authorities a fresh start on their hunt.
“Littlejohn has plagued the south end of our county for some time," commented Sheriff Knox.
Littlejohn now faces charges of:
Unlawful possession of a firearm
Tampering with a motor vehicle (1st degree)
Resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk
Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, prior drug offense
His bond was set at $50,000.
Littlejohn was wanted for questioning in relation to a series of thefts and burglaries, as well as several stolen vehicles in Benton and surrounding counties.
James E. Shaw III, 45 of Edwards, was also arrested Tuesday night around 8:45 p.m., for his involvement in the Littlejohn thefts.
"I would like to thank Sgt. Matt Long and K9 Lord; and Deputy Jimmy Moore and K9 Cav for their willingness to assist Benton County with the apprehension of a dangerous individual who attempted to take the lives of one of Benton County’s own. I would also thank Benton County Sheriff’s Office for their diligence as well as that of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. This cooperation between agencies is what makes this area so great," commented Pettis County Sheriff Brad Anders.