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A robbery suspect who eluded law enforcement officers for nearly 24 hours was captured early this morning, authorities said.
Lt. Mike Frost of the Saline County Sheriff's Office said 28-year-old Joshua James Young of Alexander was taken into custody about 7 a.m. today and is being held without bond in the Saline County jail. Young is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday in Benton District Court.
About 8 a.m. Wednesday, Young reportedly attempted to steal a generator from a home on Point View Road off U.S. 70, but he made noises that alerted the homeowner. Young reportedly pointed a gun at the homeowner when confronted and then drove off on a 4-wheeler.
As deputies responded to the area, they chased Young along Point View Road to Newcomb Road and eventually wrecked the 4-wheeler on Oklahoma Inn Road. Young then fled on foot, leaving a shoe behind. Deputies then spent the rest of the day and night searching for Young in the wooded areas.
Deputies reported to The Saline Courier on Wednesday that Young was armed and considered dangerous.
Frost said that Young reportedly knocked on the doors of a few homes asking residents to give him some gas.
"We believe he may have a stolen dirt bike somewhere in those woods and that was how he planned to try and get away," Frost said. "But when he knocked on the door of the third house, a deputy pulled in and Young took off on foot again. But with so many deputies there, he didn't make it far this time."
Young is facing felony charges of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of fleeing, attempted theft of property, felon in possession of a firearm, theft of property, interfering with a law enforcement officer, and misdemeanor offenses of resisting arrest and riding an ATV on a public road.
To report information about this incident or other crimes, call the Saline County Sheriff's Office at 303-5648.
Saline County Sheriff deputies are searching the area of Oklahoma Inn Road for a suspect allegedly involved in an armed robbery today.
Lt. Mike Frost described Young as 5 foot 10 inches, 180 pounds white man with short brown hair and blue eyes was last seen wearing blue jeans, unknown color shirt as the suspect ditched a jacket he was wearing, and had on only one tennis shoe. Frost said the man allegedly conducted an armed robbery at a residence on U.S. 70, then drove off on a 4-wheeler. The suspect reportedly wrecked the 4-wheeler in a wooded area 200 to 300 yards off Holy Ridge Road.
Deputies chased the suspect, but K-9 units lost the scent on Oklahoma Inn Road. Frost said there are also reports of the suspect maybe in the area of Newcomb Road or Hutcheson Loop.
The Saline Courier will continue to update information as it becomes available.
To report information call 911 or the Saline County Sheriff's Office at 303-5648.