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Manhunt Continues Near Oketo

Kyle Joekel

As of 11:30 a.m. Marshall County Authorities are continuing to look for Kyle D. Joekel age 27 of Nebraska. At approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was informed that Joekel had just left a bar in Barneston, Nebraska and may be headed toward Summerfield, Kansas. The report said that Joekel made statements about killing police officers and should be considered armed and dangerous. The report also informed local law enforcement that Joekel has ties to a terrorist organization.

At 8:20 in the evening Marysville police observed a red pickup containing the suspect enter Marysville from the north at a high rate of speed. The Marysville Police started a pursuit which travelled south on 12th Road and then went north on 12th Road towards Oketo. Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the pursuit and followed the suspect vehicle into Oketo where it wrecked. The pickup hit two parked vehicles and pushed a vehicle into a house. The home was occupied at the time of the collision, both occupants left the house unharmed.

Officers immediately apprehended a passenger in the pickup. Joekel, the driver, fled on foot. At approximately 9:20 p.m. Sheriff Dan Hargrave notified local media that an evacuation of Oketo residents was taking place. Media were asked to inform residents of Oketo that Officers and Emergency Personnel would come to their home and escort them to a central location. At approximately Midnight Sheriff Hargrave informed KNDY that they believed the city of Oketo was secure and the citizens were safe. Officers from Marshall County, Marysville, Blue Rapids, Waterville, Gage County Nebraska, and the Kansas Highway Patrol have been involved in the manhunt. Kansas Highway Patrol aircraft are also assisting in the search.  The U.S. Marshalls are also involved in the case.

The suspect arrested was David Schwartz, 43, of Beatrice. Schwartz is pending charges in Marshall County, Kansas and Nebraska.

The suspect at large is Kyle D. Joekel, 28 of Beatrice. Joekel is wanted for questioning in pending cases in Nebraska and Kansas. Any information concerning the whereabouts of this individual please contact Gage County Crime Stoppers at 402-228-4343 or Marshall County Sheriff Department at 785-562-5624. This individual is considered armed and dangerous and is not to be approached. Kansas holds a felony warrant for him. He is a white male, 5’10”, 135 lbs with blue eyes and short blond/reddish hair, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

An injury accident took place east of Marysville over the weekend. Due to the current manhunt taking place in Marshall County additional information is not available. We will report the details as soon as they become available.

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