A Pomona man – accused of assaulting an officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol – is held in the Texas County Jail on seven felony charges filed by Texas County Prosecutor Mike Anderson.
Larry P. Brashers, 21, is held on $100,000 cash bond. Anderson said the charges are: first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, stealing of the officer’s firearm, robbery associated with the theft of a billfold and other items, armed criminal action, stealing a credit device and unlawful use of a weapon that belonged to Cpl. Curtis Haden, who was attacked Friday evening at Highway H and U.S. 63.
Brashers was taken into custody early Saturday morning near the Gardener Ford Bridge north of where the incident occurred.
The suspect also faces several charges filed earlier in Howell County. Records show that Brashers failed to make his court appearances and was wanted at the time Haden encountered him.
Earlier:The assault of Missouri State Highway Patrol officer in Texas County on Friday evening sparked a manhunt that ended early the next morning.
Larry P. Brashers, 21, of Pomona, was arrested at about 1:19 a.m. near the Gardner Ford Bridge on U.S. 63 north of Highway H, where the incident occurred.
At about 9 p.m. Cpl. Curtis Haden of the patrol was dispatched to U.S. 63 and Highway H, where a vehicle was reported on the roadside. The trooper made contact with the Brashers, who was wanted on several outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants from surrounding counties. As Haden was placing Brashers under arrest, the suspect became combative and assaulted the trooper, eventually obtaining his duty weapon, said Sgt. Marty Elmore of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Brashers fled in his pickup, said Elmore.
The incident sparked a search for Brashers, sending members of the patrol into Texas County to look for the suspect and set up roadblocks. Eventually officers were able to make contact with Brashers by cellular telephone. This morning Brashers was taken into custody and the weapon recovered.
Brashers is held on the outstanding warrants, and several charges are pending related to the assault, Elmore said.
Haden, an 18-year veteran of the patrol, was treated for moderate injuries and released at Texas County Memorial Hospital.