The Edmond Sun

November 2, 2012

Cops seek sex offender after pursuit

1 suspect in custody, another still on the run

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a registered sex offender following a high-speed pursuit through parts of Edmond Friday morning.

The pursuit began in Arcadia and ended in southern Logan County, and involved speeds more than 120 mph, police said.

One suspect was in custody while another person was on the run, police said Friday afternoon.

At about 9:20 a.m. Friday, an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in Arcadia on Route 66 when he ran the license plate of a vehicle, OCSO spokesman Mark Myers said. The plate came back as having been reported stolen out of Oklahoma City,

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle pursuit lasted several minutes with the suspect driving at speeds greater than 120 mph.

Myers said the vehicle pursuit ended in a field after the vehicle crashed through a couple of fences just east of Midwest Boulevard on Redbud Lane, between Waterloo Road and Simmons Road in Logan County.

The driver eluded officers, but the passenger was taken into custody immediately by a sheriff’s office K-9 deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. The passenger received some minor injuries due to the K-9 biting him in the head, deputies said.

The passenger has been identified as Kenneth Dale Watson, 32, Myers said. Watson was taken to a metro hospital to be treated for dog bite wounds, Myers said.

Watson faces complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest, Myers said. Deputies also determined that Watson has outstanding warrants in another county, he said.

Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said the department assisted the sheriff’s office during the pursuit. Edmond officers joined the call at Second Street and Midwest Boulevard, Monroe said.

“Our officers were out searching when the suspects bailed out of the vehicle,” she said.

Deputies determined that a person of interest from the pursuit is Joshua Julian Walton, 32, of Edmond. Walton currently has Oklahoma County warrants for violation of a suspended sentence and indecent lewd acts with a child, Myers said. He also has outstanding warrants in Logan County.

On Oct. 15, an affidavit for issuance of an arrest warrant and an arrest warrant related to the sex offender registry violations were filed in Logan County District Court. In the affidavit Walton is described as a 6-foot 4-inch white male with brown hair, hazel eyes with a medium build weighing 207 pounds.

On Sept. 6, Walton went to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office to complete a change of address on his sex offender registration, according to the affidavit. He stated he was moving from 13900 S. Sooner Road to a residence on Country Oaks Road in Edmond where he has lived in the past, police said.

After Sept. 6, Walton contacted police several times in an effort to try to move to Edmond or register as a transient, according to the affidavit. Police told him he would have to arrange any out of county transfers through his probation and parole officer.

Walton was completing some weekend sanctions at the Logan County jail where he served jail time during weekends, according to the affidavit.

On Sept. 30, Walton left the jail and did not return to his registered address in Edmond, according to the affidavit. He had not completed any change of address, and had not registered as a transient, police said.

Walton’s girlfriend and his parole officer were not able to locate or contact Walton, according to the affidavit. Subsequent efforts Oct. 1-3 were also unsuccessful, police said.

Anyone with information regarding Walton’s whereabouts is asked to call the OCSO at 869-2501.



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