The Montana Standard newspaper reports that Dale Wallace, who was the object of a multi-state manhunt, has waived extradition and is heading back to Montana to face charges he and his alleged accomplice, Sarah Jo Johnson, tied up an elderly store owner in Butte, robbing him of guns, coins and cash. The newspaper quotes the local sheriff as saying the process to return Wallace to Butte will take about a week.
Reports say the two were possibly spotted in Montana after the robbery but the pair kept stealing vehicles to elude authorities. They were detected a week ago today by an FBI tracer on Johnson’s cellphone which indicated they were in Lincoln City. Officers were given a description of their latest stolen vehicle and they found them parked outside a Lincoln City vacation condo rental.
Officers had them staked out while a judge issued a search warrant. But before the warrant could be issued, Wallace and Johnson left the condo and drove off. Officers followed them to Highway 101 where the two figured out they were being followed. Driver Johnson pulled off the highway and behind the Elk’s lodge at 22nd and 101. It was there that Wallace jumped from the car and started running.
Officers said Wallace pulled out a gun and aimed it at a sheriff’s deputy which prompted immediate reaction from an Oregon State Police trooper who aimed his patrol car at Wallace, knocking him to the ground. Wallace was taken to a Portland trauma center for treatment.
Meanwhile, despite efforts by Oregon State Police SWAT to talk her into surrendering, Johnson fatally shot herself inside the car.