|Updated: 12/20/2012 4:03 pm
||Published: 12/19/2012 6:07 pm
Update: Saline County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 28-year-old Joshua Young Thursday morning.
Young is the suspect deputies spent hours in pursuit of Wednesday after he allegedly pulled a gun on a homeowner in an attempt to steal a generator.
Deputies received information Young was knocking on doors attempting to get gas or a ride out of the Holy Ridge area around 5:30 Thursday morning. Then around 7am deputies received information Young was on the porch at an address on Holy Ridge. When deputies got there they spotted Young who they say tried to run away. After a short foot chase, Young was arrested and taken to the Saline County Detention Center.
Young will have a bond hearing Friday. Until that time he is being held on no bond. He is being charged with several felony counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, breaking and entering, fleeing, attempted theft of property, theft of property, felon in possession of firearm, interference with law enforcement, and 2nd degree criminal mischief. Young is also facing misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and riding an ATV on a public road.
Saline County Sheriff's Deputies are still on the hunt for a suspect wanted for aggravated robbery and attempted theft of property.
Deputies say 28-year-old Joshua Young tried to steal a generated from a home and got caught in the act, pulling a gun on the homeowner.
Deputies spent hours chasing Young, but lost him deep in the woods near Highway 67. It all started around 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Young tried to steal a generator from a home along Highway 70 and Point View Road. The homeowner heard a noise and confronted Young. That's when deputies say the two men got into a scuffle and Young pulled a gun on the homeowner. Young got away on a 4-wheeler.
Deputies chased Young along Point View Road to Newcomb Road where neighbors say he tore up their lawns and disappeared into the woods behind their homes.
Justin Manning says, "It's a shame, and leaves me wondering if you're safe enough out here in the country. In the city you hear about this kind of stuff."
Deputies spotted Young off Highway 67 near Oklahoma Inn Road where they say Young crashed his 4-wheeler and took off on foot. That's where Lt. Mike Frost says they lost his trail. "It's an extremely wooded area. There area has lot of hills and ridges. I have deputies with cuts on them due to the briars and trees tracking Young through the woods."
Donnie Toland lives in the area and is sure Young is long gone, but he's disappointed Young tried to steal from one of his neighbors. "Some people have no respect for property or life or anything."
Lt. Frost believes Young is still in Saline County and is armed and dangerous.
"He possibly made it to the road had a cell phone and called somebody to pick him up."
Toland says he's on guard now. "If you have to go out and check on your house, and if you hear something, you need to have a weapon on you. There's no telling what's going on."
This is not Young's first run in with the law. Saline County Sheriff's Deputies have a long history with him, and Young recently spent time in jail. He's also well known by other law enforcement agencies.
Lt. Frost says they are focusing their search now on friends and family and are asking anyone with any information to contact them.