Authorities arrest fugitive in Kaw City

August 28, 2019 | Featured|Headlines

KAW CITY — Authorities including Ponca City ambulance, tactical team, Kay County deputies, district attorney task force and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to Kaw City tonight for a report of a fugitive barricaded in a camper.

Sheriff Steve Kelley said authorities responded to the area around 6:30 p.m. and that the crisis ended around 8:30 p.m. with the arrest of 36-year-old Zachary Warner Bethel.

“We have been looking for him for the last few days,” said Kelley. “He has multiple warrants in Kay and Osage counties, Texas, and Kansas. Kelley said he is a person of interest in burglaries that have been occurring in the county and more charges could be filed. “He was inside a camper with a female,” said Kelley. “She left the camper and after a couple hours he came out.”

Zachary Warner Bethel

According to Oklahoma District Court Records, Bethel is or was a Shidler resident who was charged in Kay County on Nov. 21, 2013 with felony charges of conspiracy, falsely impersonating another, possession of forged instruments, taking and or receiving stolen credit or debit cards, forgery and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Fourteen other charges in the case were dismissed. He was convicted on the remaining charges on Aug. 5, 2014 and sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but fives years suspended. He later failed to appear and a warrant with bond endorsed at $25,000 was issued on June 22, 2018. Bethel is currently being transported to the county jail.

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