The Edmond Sun

March 15, 2014

Official: Logan County suspect evades Norman officers

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

GUTHRIE — Legal difficulties are mounting for a suspect wanted for questioning in a suspicious Logan County structure fire after he fled from Norman Police officers, authorities said.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday morning, a home on Eric Lane in southern Logan County went up in flames and was destroyed, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said. Four individuals in the home at the time of the fire made it out of the home uninjured, Stephens said.

Stephens said the fire is being investigated by the sheriff’s office with assistance by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Stephens said at this time it is not being investigated as arson, but is suspicious in nature.

Sean Michael Vaughn, 21, of Norman, is being sought for questioning about this incident, Stephens said. Vaughn formerly lived at a Guthrie address, according to court records.

Stephens said Vaughn is wanted on felony warrants of kidnapping and domestic strangulation. The charges were filed Dec. 2 in Logan County District Court.

On Dec. 19, Vaughn waived his right to a preliminary hearing and arraignment within 30 days and was bound over for trial court arraignment on Jan. 17, according to court records. He was released upon signing a personal recognizance bond. As a condition of the bond he was to have no contact with the victim.

Stephens said Vaughn is also wanted on misdemeanor warrants of assault on a police officer and obstructing an officer filed in November. He pleaded not guilty to those charges Nov. 27, according to court records.

A bench warrant was issued Feb. 21 after he failed to appear in court, records state.

Stephens said Vaughn was last seen earlier in the week during an incident when he was spotted by the Norman Police Department, but not taken into custody. The Norman PD could not be reached for comment by press time.

Anyone with information about Vaughn’s whereabouts is asked to call the Logan County Sheriff’s Office at  260-3204. | 341-2121 ext. 108