02/09/2013

Two Arrested Following Friday Afternoon Chase


     Skylar Duncan           Brittani Rufino

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Friday, February 8th, 2013, the Labette County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and requested that we be on the lookout for a brown Chevy Blazer, which had just been involved in a theft in Labette County.

Twenty minutes later, a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle north of Columbus and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on it.

The vehicle began to flee on county roads and entered into Jasper County, Missouri, before driving through a barbed wire fence.  The vehicle continued into a wooded area where the driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Law enforcement from the Cherokee and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office’s and the Missouri Highway Patrol searched the area for the suspects.

In addition, a private citizen assisted by providing aerial support with an airplane.

At approximately 6:42 p.m. deputies were checking nearby Lawton, Kansas, when a resident informed them that the suspects were just seen in the area.

Law enforcement then found the suspects hiding behind an air conditioning unit at a church, where they were taken into custody.

While processing the vehicle, investigators discovered suspected methamphetamine.

Arrested at the scene was 26 year-old Skylar Duncan of Rose, Oklahoma and Brittani Rufino, 20, of Springdale, Arkansas.

Both suspects were transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

Duncan faces allegations in Cherokee County of Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Rufino is being held in Cherokee County on allegations of Possessing Methamphetamine. 

Both suspects are also being held on allegations of theft from Labette County.

At this time, the investigations continue and additional charges may be filed.

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