Man steals ATV and rifle, is tackled by Good Samaritans in work - KMOV.com

Man steals ATV and rifle, is tackled by Good Samaritans in work zone

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Authorites say Rector stole an ATV and a shotgun then went on a wild ride. (Credit: KMOV). Authorites say Rector stole an ATV and a shotgun then went on a wild ride. (Credit: KMOV).

LONDELL, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Leslie Rector after he was caught on dash camera video riding an ATV at a high rate of speed and damaging a MoDOT construction zone, police said.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. on September 13 along Highway 30 in Londell, Mo.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call stating there was a male subject on a green ATV that had been in an accident involving a MoDOT crew and was causing a disturbance with a shotgun. The driver of the ATV came close to striking a worker at a high rate of speed and knocked over several highway cones that had been setup.

A driver caught the entire incident on his dashboard camera. He can be heard telling the MoDOT worker, "I caught it on video, I'm going to follow him." 

When the subject stopped, he backed into a ditch and lost control of the ATV at which point the driver and another man wrestled him from the ATV and removed the shotgun from his hands, and restrained him with Mule Tape until the deputies could arrest him. Upon arrival, the deputies determined that the ATV driver was 21-year-old Leslie Rector.

No one, including the MoDOT worker almost hit by the ATV, was injured. Sheriff Gary Toelke in Franklin County says that is in part to the Good Samaritan. 

"It's always dangerous when people take the law into their own hands but the guys, they did a good thing catching the guy because he was definitely going to eventually hurt someone," said Toelke.

Toelke said Rector was also involved in a domestic dispute at a home in the 1000 block of Krenning Road between Union and Beaufort, Mo. about three hours prior to the incident on Highway 30. During the domestic incident, Rector, who was identified as the son of the homeowner, caused extensive damage to the home and fled on an ATV with a shotgun from the residence.

Rector has a long criminal history and is currently out on probation. 

After his arrest, Rector was taken to Mercy Hospital for examination prior to being transported to the Franklin County Jail. He has been charged with tampering a motor vehicle, probation violation, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. But he will likely face several more charges. 

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