Silent panic alarm in Sarcoxie leads to pursuit, now Joplin man could face 22 charges

The suspect also had several outstanding warrants, civilians helped in arrest

SARCOXIE, Mo. – Sarcoxie Police are requesting more than 20 charges against a Joplin man, who has several outstanding warrants, after a pursuit on a stolen motorcycle in southwest Missouri.

On Thursday, April 9, 2020 around 7:15 p.m., Sarcoxie Police Officers were told about a silent panic alarm at Muncy’s Supermarket.

When officers got there, two units saw a black motorcycle leaving the premise by cutting through the grass between Muncy’s and the Post Office. The Police Department says a third officer was able to get behind the motorcycle at 5th and Cross.

A pursuit began and according to the Police Department, “The pursuit went from the Square, west on Center to 14th. Southbound on 14th to eastbound Aspen Road further into in Newton County. Back to the north on Walleye Road before the motorcycle lost control on a curve at Walleye Road and Azalea Road.”

The driver, Levi Conrad, of Joplin, was not complying with the Sarcoxie officer’s verbal commands, according to authorities. The PD said “the taser was ineffective in gaining compliance..” with Conrad.

After an almost five and a half minute struggle, authorities say three civilians saw the officers on the ground fighting with the suspect and jumped in to lend a hand. Police were then able to take Conrad into custody.

The PD stated in the release that “the passenger of the motorcycle was tended to by Sarcoxie Rural Fire District and transported to a local hospital.” The passenger is an Arlington, Texas resident.

The Police Department says after further investigation, they learned Conrad had five outstanding warrants, two no bond warrants for property damage and three failure to appear warrants for assault and property damage.

Authorities found methamphetamine paraphernalia and 4.2 grams of suspected meth. They say the motorcycle was stolen out of Texas.

The Police Department says Conrad was not allowed on Muncy’s due to harassing female employees prior.

The Sarcoxie Police Department says multiple state charges are pending for both suspects:

  • Tampering 1st
  • Tampering 2nd
  • Assault 2nd
  • Assault 3rd – Special victim x3
  • Resisting
  • Kidnapping 2nd
  • Trespass 1st x2
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Driving without a Valid DL
  • Property Damage
  • Careless and Imprudent Driving
  • Speeding 26 MPH or More x4
  • Drive on Right of Highway x2
  • Right-of-way-Intersection x2
  • Failure to Maintain Proof of Financial Responsibility
  • Operation of Motorcycle without Protective Headgear
  • Littering
  • Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
  • Failure to Obey State Health Order X2
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The SPD posted the following to social media,

“Moral of the story, do not run from the police.

First and foremost, thank you to the three gentlemen that helped out my officers, it was more than greatly appreciated. I know they expressed their sincere gratitude for the help.

Thank you to Newton County Sheriff’s Office for your quick response and assistance, to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for your assistance with the needed reports, Sarcoxie Rural Fire District for the quick response for our suspects, Sarcoxie City Fire Chief and wife for coming to check on us officers, the EMS staff, and last but certainly not least the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office for covering the disturbance call that happened in town while all this went down.

Again, the good work goes to Officer Rice, Cpl. Scheppert, and Officer Sweet.

Chief Corum”