Kansas Wanted Suspects Arrested

LIBERTY, April 16, 2015 – Thanks to the alertness of Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Bean two  suspects wanted on burglary and theft warrants out of Kansas were arrested on Hwy. 90, in the City of Liberty at approximately 11:30am yesterday morning. Christopher Wilkerson, age 32 and Kara Lynn Havel, age 24 were driving a U-Haul truck that citizens had reported as being “suspicious” and driving around in their neighborhoods.

On Sunday April 12th. calls began coming in to the Sheriff’s dispatcher about suspicious suspects in a U-Haul box truck with out of state license plates driving around the areas off FM 1409 South of Dayton, Texas as well as the adjoining community of Kenefick. One resident living on CR 4700 reported a “balding white male” carrying a gun on his hip coming up to their door as recently as this past Tuesday asking questions. Several citizens reported seeing this truck in their communities which set off a four day search by the Sheriff’s Department as well as Constables and DPS units in search of this U-Haul truck.

Yesterday, as Deputy Gordon Bean, who had been assisting in the search was west bound on Hwy. 90, he spotted a U-Haul truck bearing Arizona  license plates going east bound and the driver fit the description of the male subject reported as “suspicious” in the various neighborhoods. Deputy Bean conducted a felony stop on Hwy. 90 in front of the Valero gas station. Upon checking both subjects for warrants were advised both Wilkerson and Havel were wanted on felony burglary and theft warrants out of Kansas. No weapon was found on Wilkerson nor in the truck but a glass pipe known to be used for smoking Meth was found in the vehicle along with a “rat” snake contained in a pillow case.

Both Christopher Wilkerson and Kara Havel were booked into the Liberty County jail where they will await the arrival of authorities from Kansas and as the investigation continues locally to determine if these subject have been involved in any burglaries and thefts in Liberty County. Other law enforcement agencies are being contacted to see if these subjects and a vehicle of this description have been reported as “suspicious” in their respective jurisdictions.

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