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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Carjacking: Woman's vehicle taken; suspect nabbed following pursuit

  • A Shawnee woman was carjacked at an area gas station late Monday night and the suspect was later apprehended in Seminole County after an overnight pursuit.
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  • A Shawnee woman was carjacked at an area gas station late Monday night and the suspect was later apprehended in Seminole County after an overnight pursuit.
    Arrested on a complaint of robbery with a dangerous weapon was Zerik Kane Sheets, 19. Formal charges have not been filed.
    Sheets remained jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Tuesday night, where he was held on a $25,000 bond.
    Officer Greg Van Brunt’s report shows the 29-year-old woman was pumping gas at the Kwick Stop, 912 E. Main, just before 11 p.m. Monday when the events unfolded.
    She told police a man, identified on the report as Shane E. France, 27, approached her at the gas pumps to talk, where he asked her name and if she “had a man,” the report reads.
    approached her at the gas pumps to talk and even asked her if she “had a man.”
    After a few minutes, France went back to the car he arrived in and another man, later identified as Sheets, approached her. Reports show he told her if she didn’t want to get shot, she should get out of the vehicle.
    “He repeated his demand two more times before she got out of the car and went into the store,” the report shows.
    Sheets and another male then fled in her vehicle going east on Main Street, the report shows.
    The woman told officers that France told her he was “sorry” and didn’t know Sheets was going to take her car, the report reads.
    Officers began checking the Shawnee area but had no luck finding the suspect vehicle.
    Police spoke with France at the scene and the report shows he was belligerent and began cussing at officers. A probable cause affidavit shows he told officers he didn’t know the other guys that took the vehicle and told police he was in no way involved in the carjacking. He had an odor of alcohol and was arrested on a public drunk complaint, the report shows.
    While police were getting further information from the woman about the carjacking, a search for her Chevrolet Blazer was still ongoing, with an Absentee Shawnee tribal police officer locating that vehicle and initiating a traffic stop, which turned into a police pursuit.
    That pursuit eventually stopped near Seminole State College in Seminole County, where Sheets was taken into custody. There was no weapon found in the vehicle, reports show, and Sheets was the only person in that stolen vehicle.
    Reports will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of formal charges.
    No injuries were reported.
    Watch for updates.
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