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Wanted federal fugitive arrested in Joplin

A wanted federal fugitive has been taken into custody in Joplin.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says that 38-year-old Randy Teague was arrested Wednesday afternoon at 15th and Wall Street by the Joplin Police and Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.

Teague was wanted by the ATF and U.S. Marshall Office for outstanding warrants as well as one out of Delaware County, Oklahoma.

Authorities say that Teague cut his GPS tracking device off and was considered armed and dangerous and is a member of the Joplin Honky’s.

Police initially were searching for Teague in Webb City, which caused a brief scare at some Webb City schools. Read a press release from Webb City Police below:

“On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:43 hours officers with the Webb City Police Department were called to the 700 block of North Liberty in Webb City to assist deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in attempting to apprehend a dangerous federal fugitive. Due to the proximity of the house to Madge T. James, Webster Primary, and Webb City Middle schools, we notified officials with the school district. Alternate pick-up plans for student dismissal were put into place. Even though the situation was resolved prior to dismissal time, the decision was made to continue with the alternate pickup plan.

The fugitive was not located in the 700 block of North Liberty; however, the fugitive was taken into custody without incident in Joplin. We appreciate the working relationship between law enforcement and the school district to rapidly adapt as the situation evolved. The safety of our students and citizens is a priority. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we dealt with today’s incident.”

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