Armed Wildwood Man Charged with Terrorist Threats in Missouri Ozarks
After a standoff with law enforcers Sunday morning, a Wildwood man with guns was taken into custody by authorities and transported to the Pulaski County jail in Waynesville, MO, where he was charged Monday.
A Wildwood man is in custody after a gun-infused standoff with sheriff deputies at approximately 3:34 a.m. Sunday near Waynesville, MO, along State Highway 133 in the Ozarks.
A 55-year-old male suspect, who authorities identified as a Wildwood resident, was taken into custody after threatening the employees of the Oasis Truck Plaza in Richland, MO, after they didn't purchase gun ammunition from him, as he demanded. The truck plaza is located near Interstate 44, Exit 145/MO133 at Richland.
A $100,000 bond was set Monday on the Wildwood man, but his name has not yet been released.
Pulaski County Sheriff's Department received a 911 phone call from the truck plaza's employees Sunday about a man who had entered the business to sell firearm ammunition, and when denied, became violent and started making threatening statements to employees, saying he would shoot them.
Pulaski Chief Deputy John Groves tells Patch the man was believed to have firearms on his person, and after the man exited the building, the employees secured themselves inside.
When the sheriff deputies arrived, Groves said they found the suspect in his vehicle, armed with numerous firearms. "He was ordered to come out, but he hestitated for a short period of time."
Groves said the man gave himself up to the six deputies and officers present at the truck plaza after about an hour. No one was injured during the incident.
After the standoff, the man was taken into custody and transported to the Pulaski County jail, where he was charged Monday with numerous criminal offenses. Groves said one specific charge is "terrorist threats with reckless disregard to inhabitants of a structure," which he also said is a class A felony.
Groves said the suspect will either post bond or be held until a preliminary trial is conducted. He expected more activity on the case to be completed Tuesday or Wednesday.
The truck plaza has a family-style diner, and services for truck drivers, such as 24/7 fueling, money transfer, laundry, showers and paved parking.