Thief grabs a gun from a business – takes off running – Newport cops run him down
Newport Police were was dispatched to the Newport Pawn Shop on the report of a subject stealing a handgun from the business. Investigation revealed the suspect had reached behind a display case and had stolen a handgun while an employee at the business was occupied. The subject, later identified as Elijah Thomas Cassens, 18, of Newport, concealed the stolen firearm on his person and fled from the business.
After officers left the scene, the business owner called officers to report they located Cassens. Officers responded to the area of SW 2nd Street and SW Lee Street, where the business owner was trying to detain Cassens. Officers learned the business owner had obtained information Cassens was attempting to sell the firearm. The business owner confronted Cassens, who dropped the stolen firearm and took off running. Officers conducted an extensive search of the area, but Cassens was nowhere to be found.
At about 8:40pm the same day, the victim business owner called again to report they observed Cassens walking in the same area. Newport officers, along with Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, began searching the area. Newport officers located Cassens in the 100 block of SW High Street. As the officers attempted to contact Cassens, he ran from the area. Officers observed Cassens jumping residential fences and running through yards.
Officers set up a perimeter in the area and began searching for Cassens on foot. Suddenly Cassens emerged from a private yard and again ran from officers. Officers chased Cassens and were finally able to catch him. Cassens was taken into custody and was hand-cuffed on the spot.
Officers discovered Cassens damaged a residential fence during his attempted escape. In addition to the local charges, it was also learned Cassens had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Idaho for Robbery.
Cassens was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges;
- Theft 1
- Escape 3
- Criminal Mischief 2
- Fugitive from Another State