Oklahoma mother and son held in Izard County Detention Center

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

A woman and her son, wanted in Oklahoma on assault and battery charges, were picked up in Izard County on Wednesday, March 2. The two were wanted for arrests in Oklahoma for a Feb. 14 incident.

Izard County Chief Deputy Charley Melton said his office received word to be on the lookout for 67-year-old Joanne Bates and her 44-year-old son, Jeremiah Dale Bates. On Wednesday afternoon, the two were spotted by deputies driving inside the Melbourne city limits. Although they live in Oklahoma, the Bates “have property ties to the Melbourne area,” Melton said.

Once they were spotted, Melton explained, “Our officers then conducted a traffic stop and both Joanne Bates and Jeremiah Bates were taken into custody and transported to the Izard County Detention Center.”

When deputies searched the Bates’ vehicle, Melton said they found approximately $15,000 in cash.

Oklahoma officials have been notified of the arrests, and the pair is awaiting extradition. According to officials at the Izard County Detention Center, as of March 8, both Joanne and Jeremiah Bates have not yet been extradited and are still being held at the detention center.

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