Wanted Altus man arrested in West Virginia


Ronald Murphy

Altus Police have been notified by West Virginia law enforcement that a man wanted on three felony arrest warrants issued out of the Jackson County District Court has been apprehended.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said today that 32-year-old Ronald Aaron Murphy was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police after he was stopped on a traffic violation. According to reports, Murphy gave West Virginia State Police a false name, but W.V. State Police later positively identified Murphy and took him into custody.

Chief Murphy said, “Murphy was identified after the conformation of DNA evidence, which he left at two separate crime scenes here in Altus in November of 2014.”

One of the crimes was a Burglary to an Auto at 1820 N. Hudson in which a handgun was stolen. The second crime was at 3210 N. Main, in which check books were stolen and later recovered.

“Altus Police submitted blood evidence to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,”said Murphy, “which was left behind at both crimes scenes.”

Two arrest warrants were later issued for Murphy’s arrest. A third arrest warrant was issued for Murphy’s arrest for Failure to Appear on a False Declaration of Ownership in Pawn, unrelated to the two Burglary of an Auto arrest warrants.

Murphy will face an extradition hearing in a West Virginia court before being transported back to Jackson County.

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