The suspect sought as part of an Amber Alert after he fled from Pottawatomie County deputies trying to arrest him on an assault warrant is now jailed on additional complaints of kidnapping, two counts of child endangerment and eluding police.
Robert Dale Almon, 32, was arrested late Wednesday night at a Norman apartment and is being held in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Formal charges have not been filed, but he was being held Friday on a $500,000 bond for the new complaints, plus a $10,000 bond for the warrant on an unrelated case of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Undersheriff Travis Palmer said Almon’s wife, Michelle Lynette Wilson, 37, of Norman, also was arrested Wednesday night and booked into the Cleveland County jail on a complaint of harboring a fugitive. She has since been released on bond.
Deputies sought Almon after he fled with two children — his daughter and the child of a family friend — as they tried to serve him with a felony arrest warrant Tuesday at a home on Austin Drive in the Bethel Acres area.
An Amber Alert was issued for Almon’s daughter, 3-year-old Chasity Almon, as well as 10-year-old Aaron Brodine. Deputies were at the home on Austin Drive about noon when Almon, driving a pickup, pulled into the driveway, saw deputies and allegedly fled the scene, Palmer said. A pursuit began but was called off when deputies learned there were two children with Almon in the pickup.
Because Almon didn’t have permission to take Brodine anywhere other than the house for swimming, Palmer said the hours he had the boy after fleeing from deputies was considered kidnapping, which prompted the Amber Alert being issued for Brodine. The alert also included Almon’s daughter, even though deputies didn’t believe she would be in danger unless Almon decided to run from authorities again, Palmer said.
“We never felt he would intentionally hurt her,” Palmer said.
The Amber Alert was issued about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Almon dropped Brodine off at home along Lake Road in the McLoud area about 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but the search continued for Almon and his daughter, Palmer said, for which Almon and the child’s mother share custody.
Wednesday night, in what was a cooperative effort between local authorities and Norman police, Almon was located at apartment in Norman.
When police and tactical team members entered Wilson’s apartment Wednesday night, they found Almon, Wilson and the child asleep in a bedroom, Palmer said.
Almon and Wilson were taken into custody without incident, Palmer said, and the girl was safely returned to her mother’s care.
The case will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any charges.
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