Three suspects in La Plata manhunt identified

The subject of a La Plata manhunt was arrested by state troopers right outside a resident's bathroom window. (Courtesy: Monica Cripe)


Three suspects were arrested Friday morning after a short-lived manhunt in La Plata.

It all started around 9 a.m. when La Plata Police Officer John Taylor made a traffic stop for lane violations and registration issues.

The car, driven by Kenneth Thomas, 26, of Kirksville, pulled over in the parking lot of Casey's General Store.

That is when Thomas then took off running.

Taylor stayed with the two passengers, who were later taken into custody.

They are identified as Christina Townsend, 30, and Bradley Shrouf, 36, both of Kirksville.

All three suspects are charged with misdemeanor Stealing in connection with a TV they are accused of taking from a La Plata motel.

Taylor told KTVO he didn’t know what it was at the time, but he watched as the suspects had the TV wrapped up in a blanket and put it in their car.

Thomas is also charged with Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, Driving while Revoked and No Valid License.

Townsend faces additional charges of Delivery of the Controlled Substance, meth, Possession of a Controlled Substance in the form of prescription pills and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Shrouf is also charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Missouri state troopers and Macon County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene to help La Plata police find Thomas.

About an hour later, state troopers arrested him at a home on Cambridge Lane just northeast of La Plata after getting a tip from a citizen.

Taylor told KTVO that tip came after Thomas had gone to another residence and reportedly lied to the homeowner, claiming he was a Truman State University football player and he needed a ride to practice in Kirksville.

Thomas and Townsend are being held in the Macon County Jail.

Shrouf was released from jail after being issued citations and given a court date for his two misdemeanor charges.

A routine traffic stop Friday morning in La Plata, Mo., led to the capture of three suspects after a short manhunt.

Just before 9 a.m. Friday, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Macon County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Casey’s in La Plata on a report of a fleeing person.

La Plata Mayor Lois Bragg posted on the city’s Facebook page that police were searching for a person who had fled a traffic stop. Two suspects from the traffic stop had already been apprehended.

Highway patrol spokesman Sgt. Eric Brown told KTVO that troopers assisted La Plata police in finding and apprehending the third suspect by relying on reports from community members.

“When law enforcement and the community work together, everybody wins and the criminals lose,” Brown said over the phone.

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