A suspect sought by deputies after he fled with his daughter and a 10-yearold family friend on July 3, which prompted an Amber Alert, is now formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Robert Dale Almon, 32, is accused of two felony counts — endangering others while eluding a police officer and kidnapping.
In the first count, he is accused of eluding Deputy Brian Wilcox and endangering other persons as he refused to stop for the deputies while driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup at Austin Drive and Patterson Road.
For the kidnapping count, Almon is accused of forcibly seizing a 10-yearold boy, a family friend who was with him that day, by fleeing and driving away with the boy and holding him against his will and without lawful authority.
The alleged incidents occurred July 3, court records show, which prompted an Amber Alert to be issued for the 10-year-old boy, as well as Almon’s 3-year-old daughter.
It was about noon when deputies went to the home of Almon’s relatives at 10 Austin Drive in the Bethel Acres area to serve him an arrest warrant for a felony case of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Undersheriff Travis Palmer said.
Almon wasn’t at that home, Palmer said, but was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup when he pulled into the driveway and discovered deputies were there. Almon allegedly saw authorities and fled through a nearby pasture, Palmer said, then deputies initiated a pursuit of Almon’s pickup which reached high speeds. When deputies discovered there were two children in the pickup with Almon, they called off that pursuit, Palmer said.
With him in the truck, according to reports, were his 3-year-old daughter, Chasity, and the family friend, Aaron Brodine.
Hours passed and an Amber Alert was issued as deputies searched for the truck and the children.
It was hours later — about 7 p.m. that night — when Almon reportedly dropped off the boy at a residence in rural McLoud.
About 24 hours later on the Fourth of July, Almon and his daughter were located in a Norman apartment, the reported home of Almon’s current wife, who was arrested on a harboring a fugitive complaint.
Palmer said deputies never believed Almon would harm his own child, who was found safe and then returned to the care of her biological mother.
In an unrelated case filing, Almon is charged with one count of child abuse by injury. According to that filing, he is accused, on or about March 15, of injuring his 3-year-old child by allegedly using a cigarette lighter to burn the foot of the child.
Page 2 of 2 - Almon remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. His next court date hasn’t yet been scheduled.
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