A man and woman, both suspects of an armed robbery and shooting last week, have been apprehended.
The crime happened when a drug deal was to take place, but was actually pre-meditated by the suspects as an armed robbery.
Samantha Owens and Ian Cultrona had already been arrested shortly after last Wednesday’s armed robbery, where a 17-year-old Newcomerstown student was shot.
Lisa Freetage of West Lafayette was further identified as a suspect and was arrested on Monday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Stark County. Detective Sgt. Jeff Moore says her vehicle was linked to the crime.
“We had suspicion that she was involved with the case. Once we were able to confirm that late Friday evening, the Highway Patrol was able to stop her and took her into custody and we were able to recover the vehicle at that point.”
The identities of two men as suspects of the shooting were also released last week: Douglas M. Casteel and Lucian A. Lambes. Moore states that Lambes was spotted in the Uhrichsville area on Monday, but led authorities on a pursuit, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.
“That pursuit started just outside of Uhrichsville, continued over Indian Hill Road, back onto US 36, and then into the Village of Uhrichsville. The point at which he came to a stop, Deputies were very near him, he surrendered at that time and was taken into custody.”
The surrender came after Lambes ran multiple stop signs, drove recklessly around other traffic, and struck a vehicle in a construction zone, then fled on foot.
On Monday, Casteel was apprehended by officers with the Akron Police Department after they received a tip about his possible location. He has since been transported to the Tuscarawas County jail.
Moore believes that those arrested complete the suspects in the robbery and shooting.
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