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Stafford suspect escapes search
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STAFFORD — A suspect wanted on arrest warrants fled to Pratt County and escaped a search from various law enforcement agencies south of Stafford Wednesday evening.
Stafford Police Chief Doug Brown reports that Colton James Farmer, 23, of Stafford has multiple warrants and a probation violation. Farmer is 5-foot-11, 155 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information bout Farmer can call Stafford County Crimestoppers, (888) 305-1300.
“He’s still on the loose,” Brown said.
Brown said an officer found Farmer on SE 80th Street about a quarter mile south of U.S. 50 Wednesday afternoon. Brown said Farmer had pulled off the road and appeared to be tinkering with a vehicle.
When the officer questioned Farmer, he fled the scene. Farmer took the keys to the vehicle and escaped to a nearby pasture. Brown said the officer remained with the vehicle and called for backup.
Stafford County officers and deputies, Pawnee County’s K-9 unit and Kansas Highway Patrolmen searched the pasture and began to hunt for Farmer. The search lasted a little over an hour before it was called off.
Brown said Farmer eluded law enforcement and fled to a location in southern Stafford County and coerced a ride to Pratt Wednesday evening.
“The driver dropped him off at a residence in Pratt, but no one answered when police called on the residence,” Brown said.
Brown said Farmer has friends in Great Bend, Pratt and Reno County.
“I’m sure he will be keeping a low profile for a while,” Brown said.