Man held in Holts Summit chase, break-in
Monday, April 30, 2012
Editor's note: This article updates the story with the suspect's name, additional details about the arrest and further clarifies information in an earlier report about the incident.
A pair of Holts Summit police officers — one of them off duty — arrested an armed man Saturday evening after he allegedly lead police on a chase and then broke into a resident’s home.
Robert Lee Stapleton, 32, was arrested for misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving and four felonies: first-degree trespassing, resisting arrest by fleeing, driving while revoked and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held in the Callaway County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
At about 6:40 p.m., off-duty officer Marc Haycook was driving north on Summit Drive, entering the intersection of Summit Drive and Simon Boulevard on a green light. A westbound vehicle on Simon failed to yield and pulled directly in front of Haycook’s vehicle, causing him to brake to avoid hitting the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle pulled into 320 N. Summit Drive. Haycook and another officer contacted the man, who said he didn’t stop because he was in a hurry. He provided false names to the officers, who told the man they could detain him until they could determine his identity.
But when the officers attempted to handcuff him, he pushed away, leading them on a foot chase. Officers saw him try to pull a handgun from the waist of his pants, then they lost sight of him after he fled in nearby woods.
While police were searching for the driver, a Fulton man called 911, saying a man broke into his house at 160 Mars St., and that residents were holding the man at gunpoint inside the residence.
Officers went to the home, finding Stapleton in the back yard wrestling on the ground with Brian Schuman, who had found Stapleton hiding in the basement of the house.
Holts Summit police said Stapleton’s driver’s license is currently revoked. The status of the suspension is reinstated, but Stapleton has failed to test for the license. He was previously convicted of felony driving while revoked.