A suspect who had his arms up to surrender to Tecumseh police when he exited a stolen vehicle but then fled on foot is now formally charged but is still being sought by police on this matter as well as an Oklahoma County warrant.
Steven Wayne Beck, 45, Oklahoma City, was charged in Pottawatomie County District Court Monday with one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Beck was sought in the Tecumseh-area manhunt that was called off earlier this month in the area of SH 9 and Skaggs City Road.
Christina Dawn Beck, 34, who is also charged in this case, was arrested the day of the manhunt after police found her walking in the same area. Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney identified her as Beck’s wife; she remains jailed in Shawnee on a $5,000 bond.
Kidney said authorities didn’t find Steven Beck the day of the manhunt and he reportedly remains on the lam. Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies also are searching for Beck on an outstanding felony warrant for burglary in the second degree.
In addition to this case, Kidney said Tecumseh police also are investigating a home burglary and stolen vehicle that occurred in the same area on the day of the manhunt, so that case is possibly connected to the same suspect.
Kidney said Oklahoma City police also are investigating a case involving a suspect who allegedly tried to run over some city police officers there. That case could also be connected to the same stolen vehicle in the Tecumseh case and these suspects, Kidney said.
It was just before noon Oct. 11 when Tecumseh police officers responded to check on a vehicle that was parked on the side of the road the area of SH 9 and Skaggs City Road.
The white van was determined to be stolen from the Oklahoma City area, Kidney said, so officers ordered the occupant out of that vehicle.
“The occupant exited on the passenger side…with his hands in the air,” Kidney said, “but then he took off running.”
The suspect ran south across SH 9 and officers pursued him in their vehicles until he went behind a house and then the foot chase was on.
Kidney said Tecumseh officers, along with Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputies, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Absentee Shawnee tribal police, along with the man-tracking units from the district attorney's task force, converged on the area to set up a perimeter.
The manhunt commenced all afternoon until the perimeter search was called off, although patrols continued throughout the evening and weekend in that area.
The investigation had a interesting twist when police encountered a female walking in the same area during the manhunt. She was identified as Christina Beck, Kidney said, and allegedly admitted to being in the stolen van at one point.
Page 2 of 2 - Because of the additional information in the investigation, Kidney said they determined manhunt suspect was Steven Beck.
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