Just over a day after an Amber Alert was issued, a fugitive was arrested and his daughter taken into custody Wednesday evening, authorities said.
Robert Dale Almon, 32, and his 3-year-old daughter Chasity were taken into custody about 7:45 p.m. at a Norman apartment complex, Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said.
Michelle Wilson, Almon's girlfriend, was also arrested on a complaint of harboring a fugitive, Booth said. It was her apartment where Almon and Chasity were located, he said. The complex is near 24th Avenue SW and Lindsey Street.
Chasity was not hurt and Robert Almon was napping when officers entered the apartment, he said.
“We hit him hard and fast and he didn't even know what was happening,” Booth said.
An Amber Alert was issued for Chasity and a second child, 10-year-old Aaron Brodine Jr., about 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Pottawatatomie County sheriff's deputies were attempting to serve a felony warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon about noon Tuesday at 10 Austin Drive near Bethel Acres. When Almon saw the deputies, he fled with the children inside the pickup.
Almon led deputies on a chase through a field and down dirt roads that reached speeds up to 77 mph. When deputies learned there were children in the pickup, they ended the pursuit.
They were not been able to locate or make contact with Almon, deputy Kenneth VanDuser said, but the second child, Aaron, was dropped off by Almon at a residence near the Pottawatomie and Cleveland County line about 7 p.m. Tuesday and fled the area, evading capture for another 24 hours.
His pickup was found in Norman, and Almon and Chasity were sighted by police officers between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at a nearby apartment complex, Booth said.
“We'd been to this location already but something made us suspicious and caused us to go back and take a second look,” Booth said.
Tactical officers were called to the scene, and the apartment was breached without incident several hours later.
In addition to the assault with a dangerous weapon charge, Almon now faces kidnapping and other charges, authorities said.
Almon pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2004 and unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2005, according to Pottawatomie County court records. He served two years of a five-year sentence concurrently for both charges, according to the state corrections department.
Another charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was dropped in 2011 after the victim became uncooperative with prosecutors, court records show.
We'd been to this location already but something made us suspicious and caused us to go back and take a second look.”