Three people charged with stealing a man’s pickup Saturday pelted the victim with paintballs then threatened to get a real gun in order to force him to hand over his keys, according to documents made public Monday in the case.
After stealing the truck, the suspects led law enforcement on a pursuit into Callaway County. There, at one point in the chase, the truck went airborne and landed just feet away from a Fulton police officer.
Boone County prosecutors on Sunday charged all three suspects. William Curby Templeton Jr., 31, and Tracey Martin, 20, both are charged with one count of first-degree robbery. John Garrett, 26, the alleged driver during the pursuit, is charged with robbery and resisting arrest in Boone County and first-degree assault on law enforcement in Callaway County.
All three suspects were being held Monday afternoon at the Boone County Jail, with bonds for for Martin and Templeton each set at at $250,000, cash only. Garrett’s bond is set at $300,000, cash only.
Boone County deputy Cody Hall wrote in a probable cause statement that he was dispatched about 5 p.m. Saturday to the 11000 block of Interstate 70 Drive Northeast for a report of a vehicle theft. The victim told Hall he had given a man a ride to an address on Purdy Lane when the three suspects came out of the home and accused the victim of theft.
The suspects then allegedly began shooting the victim with paintballs and told him to hand over his keys and his cellphone. Hall noted the victim had pink paint on his hat and marks on his hands where the pellets had struck. The victim continued that after refusing to hand over his property, Martin told him she was going inside to get a real gun, and he complied.
Templeton, Martin and Garrett then fled in the pickup with Garrett driving, according to Hall’s affidavit. Hall a short time later located the truck and tried to stop it near Carter School Road and Interstate 70 Drive Southeast.
The suspects did not pull over and led deputies on a pursuit to Route WW and into Callaway County. Callaway deputies attempted to stop the truck with spike strips near the intersection of Route F and Route KK, but the suspects swerved, avoiding them, and kept going.
The pursuit continued onto Route F near Fulton, where, according to a news release by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, authorities had again set up spike strips near city limits to disable the pickup.
As the truck approached the barricade near Route F and West Seventh Street in Fulton, it nearly struck a Fulton Police officer in an attempt to avoid the spikes. An affidavit written by Fulton police officer Preston Siegel supporting the assault on law enforcement charge, reads Garrett intentionally tried to hit him.
Siegel writes he looked back to ensure no other traffic was nearing the barricade when he heard a Callaway deputy yelling the truck was driving off the roadway and in his direction. As the vehicle struck an embankment and went airborne at about 60 miles per hour, Siegel wrote he had little time to react.
“I could not retreat to the roadway as I was unsure if traffic was still moving,” Siegel wrote. “I could not use my patrol vehicle for cover, because the vehicle speeds in the pursuit were approximately 60 mph or more. The only option I had to try and protect myself was to position my body near the rear corner of my vehicle as I could not run in any direction.”
The truck landed about four feet away from him and kept going, Siegel wrote. The suspects drove into a nearby field where the truck got stuck in the mud and the suspects were taken into custody.
In the pickup, authorities found two paintball guns, and in Garrett’s back pocket, they found a glass pipe believed to contain methamphetamine, according to charging documents filed in his case. Garrett declined to provide his identity at the scene and a portable fingerprint scanner was used to establish it.
All three were slated to make an initial appearance Monday afternoon before Associate Circuit Judge Tracy Gonzalez.
It’s not clear if any of the suspects have an attorney to speak on their behalf.