A manhunt was ongoing most of Thursday evening near Shawnee after two suspects in a stolen truck and trailer fled when confronted, with deputies recovering a trailer full of stolen livestock.
A manhunt was ongoing most of Thursday evening near Shawnee after two suspects in a stolen truck and trailer fled when confronted, with deputies later recovering a trailer full of stolen livestock.
Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the manhunt began around 4:30 p.m in the area near U.S. 177 and Westech Road and involved suspects with a stolen stock trailer with three bucking horses that was reported stolen out of Guthrie.
That theft was put out on Facebook, he said, and Thursday afternoon, in an area north of Interstate 40 on U.S. 177, a friend of the owner saw that stock trailer with two people stopped at a gas station for fuel.
That man confront the two suspects with a gun, Palmer said, and the suspects took off running — one running east and one going west.
In addition to finding the three stolen bucking horses in that trailer, Palmer said deputies found 20 head of sheep and goats, and all were confirmed stolen from Langston University.
The two men, captured on the store's surveillance system, were identified. A man wearing a red shirt was identified as Michael Demaro, 42, Palmer said. Demaro has outstanding felony warrants out of Wagoner County for offenses including escape.
A suspect who was wearing an orange shirt is Cody Porter, 27, the undersheriff said, and he has been known to exhibit violent behavior. He has an outstanding warrant as part of a revocation for a previous suspended sentence, court records show.
Numerous law enforcement agencies joined the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's deputies in the manhunt, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter, tribal police, Tecumseh and Maud police, as well as Shawnee police.
Deputies conducted the formal manhunt for several hours, but it was officially called off just before 10 p.m., although deputies planned to patrol the general area overnight.
“We know who they are,” Palmer said about the suspects, which will enable law enforcement to obtain arrest warrants.
With the case, though, came recovery of the stolen property and safe rescue of the stolen livestock.
Palmer said deputies believe the horses had been inside the trailer since they were stolen about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, so officials from the Shawnee Expo Center assisted in caring for those horses, including providing water buckets at the scene. The livestock was taken to the Expo Center for holding so they could be fed and watered, Palmer said, adding that deputies appreciate the Expo Center's assistance.
Anyone with information about the case should call the sheriff's office, (405) 273-1727.