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A Stolen Truck, A foot chase, And A Suspect Calling For Someone To Kill The Police.

A stolen truck, a foot chase, and a suspect calling for someone to kill the police. It was a crazy morning for Joplin Police Sunday just before 6. It all started around 5:45 a.m. when police were called to a north Joplin home in the 300 Block of North Gray about a stolen truck. The victim started his truck and went back inside his house to grab his wallet, and as he got near the door, he heard his truck door slam shut and saw his truck speed off.

Police spotted the truck speeding down C Street, and pursued. At C and Maiden Lane, the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Robert Haddenham of Joplin, blew threw the stop sign, over the curb, and hit a privacy fence, a boat, car, and then a tree. He then sped down Morgan where he hit a parked car and jumped out and ran on foot. After chasing him through several yards, officers were able to wrestle Haddenham to the ground where a loaded handgun fell out of his waistband. The suspect tried to identify himself as a federal agent and yelled for people to kill the officers.

Haddenham was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, DWI, impersonating a police officer, motor vehicle theft, felony eluding, property damage, and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on a $7,500 surety bond plus $1,000 cash.


39-year-old Robert Haddenham
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