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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Fugitive found: Suspect arrested in Shawnee

  • A fugitive sought on a Governor's arrest warrant for extradition to Colorado on child molestation charges was arrested by authorities in Shawnee Tuesday.
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  • A fugitive sought on a Governor’s arrest warrant for extradition to Colorado on child molestation charges was arrested by authorities in Shawnee Tuesday.
    Christopher Allen Jones, 39, was nabbed at a residence on Chicago Street and booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    Chad Pope, commander of the Pottawatomie County sheriff’s warrant team, said this isn’t the first time Jones was arrested in Shawnee.
    Jones was arrested here in 2012 and was jailed on local charges while also awaiting paperwork from Colorado. Pope said when the local charges didn’t materialize and the Colorado case apparently stalled; Jones was released from the safety center here in November.
    But just after the first of this year, Pope said the sheriff’s warrant team received new Colorado warrants on Jones, so the search to get him back in custody began.
    In recent weeks, City of Shawnee Marshal Brad Sherill and Tom Cartwright, who also are both members of the sheriff’s warrant team, began working together to conduct surveillance in the search for Jones, Pope said.
    As they put several pieces of the puzzle together, Pope said their efforts indicated he could have been as far away as Arizona, or even Michigan, but the search ultimately ended right here in Shawnee.
    Since Feb. 12, the search had focused in Shawnee and culminated into an arrest with a quick turn of events on Tuesday.
    Sherill and Cartwright, Shawnee patrol officers, along with a district attorney’s task force investigator, received information about the suspect’s possible whereabouts as a result of a traffic stop. With swift action, Jones was located and taken into custody.
    “He was off our radar until about 20 minutes before,” Sherill said.
    Pope said those who were aiding Jones in eluding apprehension could also face possible harboring charges.
    Jones remains jailed awaiting transfer back to Colorado.
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