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Citizens credited with helping Franklin County deputies catch fugitives

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Dustin Hayes and Sean OKelley are accused of resisting arrest & tampering (Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office) Dustin Hayes and Sean OKelley are accused of resisting arrest & tampering (Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Four citizens helped Franklin County deputies find two fugitives who allegedly stole a vehicle from Doniphan, Missouri.

The suspects were seen driving the stolen 2013 Kia Soul Tuesday around 4 p.m. on Highway 50, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy lost sight of the stolen vehicle as it turned down Oak Grove School Road.

The stolen vehicle was later found wrecked and abandoned, but the suspects were not located.

After finding the vehicle, the sheriff’s office shared the information about the suspects on their social media page.

Around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, four citizens reported seeing the suspects in the area of Highway BB and Highway 50. Police from Union and the sheriff’s deputies were able to find the suspects and arrest them.

“This was a great team effort between law enforcement and the citizens of Franklin County which led to the apprehension of the fugitives. The Sheriff’s Office is especially proud of the public for their assistance in helping to locate and reporting the sightings/encounters with the suspects,” Sheriff Steve Pelton said in a press release.

The suspects have been identified as 19-year-old Dustin Hayes and 29-year-old Sean OKelley, both of Poplar Bluff. Charges are being sought for resisting arrest and tampering first against both suspects.

Officials said Hayes previously had an active warrant for burglary second and OKelley was previously wanted for DWI.

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