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Family members charged with hindering apprehension

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Two arrests were made on July 21 for hindering apprehension in conjunction with the arrest of Robert Shane Carpenter, who was being sought on felony warrant for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury on July 6.

According to the police report by Officer Johnny Byler, Venita Hagler, 57, Carpenter's aunt, answered the door at about 9 p.m. on July 21. Officer Doug Niendick asked Hagler if Carpenter was home. Hagler said, "she had not seen him." When Niendick insisted that Carpenter was home and asked if he could search the house for him, Hagler said no.

Deputies Jeremy Rose and Bruce Green saw Carpenter running from the back door of the house and began pursuit of Carpenter.

Byler observed a "large dog" running towards the officers, who had apprehended Carpenter and were placing him under arrest, the report said.

Byler yelled and waved his arms to try to catch the dog's attention. He warned Carpenter that if he did not heel his dog then Byler would have to kill it. Carpenter then heeled his dog, the report said.

Beverly Strauser, 54, Carpenter's mother, then came out of the house. Byler ordered Strauser to stop. She did not stop and "began screaming at us and telling us to let Carpenter go and to get off her property," the report said.

Byler attempted to take hold of Strauser's arm but "she was able to pull away from me," the report read. Byler took Strauser to the ground and placed hand restraints on her.

Hagler was arrested with no further incident, the report said.

Strauser and Hagler posted bond on July 22. They were held by the Sheriff's Office for harboring a fugitive. Warrants for the charge, hindering apprehension or prosecution, will be served on their court dates, which are yet to be set.

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