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UPDATE: Murder suspect caught in Kansas

9:24 March 1— Alex Deaton has been captured in Kansas, confirms Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.

8:45 a.m. March 1 — Law enforcement have now shifted their search for Alex Deaton to North Central New Mexico. Around 11:00 p.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office about Heather Robinson’s stolen 2012 GMC Arcadia.

The vehicle had been recovered by the tag had been switched to a Missouri tag.

Deaton is now wanted for carjacking and kidnapping. New Mexico authorities say he approached a couple out of a wooded area in the La Luz Trail Head parking log. He carjacked them at gun point and headed towards Forest Road 333.

The male made an escape and during the struggle was shot in the buttocks and the female was grazed by bullets fired by Deaton. He continued south with the female before he fled the seen in the couples 2001 white Honda Civic.

Both victims identified Deaton as the suspect. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The reward for Deaton has been increased to $32,500.

3:00pm Feb. 28— Priority One bank has added $2,500 to the reward for information regarding Alex Deaton leading to an arrest. The total is now up to $30,000.
8:17 a.m. Feb. 28— Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey has confirmed that the reward has now increased to $27,500. Tulsa authorities tell News Mississippi that Deaton is expected to be in the Blanchard, OK area.

2:45 p.m. Feb. 27 – Warren Strain with the Department of Public Safety has confirmed that the reward for information leading to the location and arrest of Alex Bridges Deaton has been increased by $20,000.

The new reward total is in the amount of $22,500.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department in the nationwide search for the individual.

Deaton is described as a white male, 5’9″, weighing in at 170 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. he is considered armed and dangerous and should not be engaged if you do come in contact with him.

Please contact the authorities at 911, the Rankin county Sheriff’s Department at 601-825-1480, Crime Stoppers at 601-355-8477, or Crime Stoppers online at www.P3tips.com.

12:00 p.m. Feb. 27 – Alex Bridges Deaton, the center of a nationwide manhunt, may have been spotted in Oklahoma.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells News Mississippi that law enforcement officials are confident that he was in Tulsa Saturday morning.

“We’re confident that at least Saturday morning around 8 o’clock he was in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area,” said Sheriff Bailey. “And we’re working with Oklahoma officials.

Bailey said Deaton has family connections in Oklahoma, and that officials have contacted them to verify their safety.

The sheriff added that unfortunately, the interstate system is at play against the investigation.

“With the interstate system,” said Bailey. “He was spotted there over 48 hours ago. He could be anywhere by now.”

Deaton is wanted for the murder of his girlfriend Heather Robinson. Bailey said the autopsy report showed her dying of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Police are now linking Deaton to the death of 69-year-old Brenda Strickland Pinter of Neshoba County. Pinter was found on Thursday at Dixon Baptist Church by her husband. She suffered from a gunshot wound.

Sheriff Waddell said a white SUV had entered the parking lot and stayed for a few minutes. It was then reported to continue travelling South on Highway 21 towards Forrest.

Deaton had previously lived in Neshoba county.

Warren Strain with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told News Mississippi that there have been no recent reports of sightings of Deaton.

Saturday, Feb. 25 – The Mississippi Bureau of of Investigation has said that a nationwide manhunt is being conducted in search for a suspect in the death of Heather Robinson, and the shooting of a woman in the Castlewoods neighborhood of Rankin.

Police are looking for 28-year-old Alex Bridges Deaton on charges of aggravated assault and murder in the case of Heather Robinson.

Background story: 

Deaton is wanted in connection to the suspicious death at Vineyards Apartments and a drive by shooting on Castlewoods Boulevard in Brandon.

The sheriff’s department sent a deputy to the apartments after a request was made for a welfare check on Friday. During the check the deputy and a family member found a 30-year-old woman inside.

Since then, the Rankin County Coroner’s office has confirmed that woman was Heather Robinson.

When she was found her 2012 white GMC Arcadia was missing.

Police believe that Deaton was Robinson’s boyfriend and left in the vehicle.

Also on Friday morning deputies responded to a shooting on Castlewoods Boulevard around 5 a.m. A woman told deputies she had been shot while jogging.

She described the shooter as a white male with facial hair driving a small white SUV. She said the man shot her out through the drivers side window. Sheriff Bailey said that due to Deaton’s physical description, the description of the vehicle, and the proximity of the two incidents, he was a suspect in both cases.

He also posted this to his Facebook page:

Warrants have been issued for Deaton’s arrest and they do believe he is still driving the white SUV with a Mississippi Nurses Foundation  license plate number: F396NF. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for any information that leads to his arrest.

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