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Bondsmen shoot at, beat up fugitive

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

John Downing

The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office responded to Oakcrest Trailer Court, south of Mexico along Highway 54, on Friday, January 11, to investigate a report of gunshots.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned the 3 bail bond agents from out of Audrain County went to Oakcrest Trailer Court around noon today to arrest a fugitive on warrants from Callaway and Cooper Counties for stealing, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property, and failure to appear in court on the original charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

From the initial investigation the Sheriff’s Office learned that the bail bondsmen spotted the fugitive and fired a weapon at him.  The fugitive fearing that he would be shot fled away in a

Thomas Jones

vehicle.  The bail bondsmen chased after the fugitive, chasing him into the city limits of Mexico, near the intersection of Green Boulevard and East Liberty Streets.  The fugitive fled on foot, from his vehicle, and the bail bondsmen chased him into the restroom of a local business and began beating the fugitive.  The fugitive was taken to Audrain Medical Center where he was treated and released to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office (he was not shot).  The fugitive was identified as John Henry Hoslman, age 34, of Fulton.  Holsman’s bond is set at $42,500.

The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department also arrested:

• John Edward Downing, age 46, of California, for assault and discharge of a firearm at or

Steven Weber

from a motor vehicle.  Downing’s bond is set at $50,000.

• Thomas George Jones, age 59, of Jefferson City, for assault.  Jones’ bond is set at $20,000.

• Steven Lee Weber, age 50, of Fulton for assault.  Weber’s bond is set at $20,000.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the East Central Drug Task and the Mexico Public Safety Department.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this and any other incident.  If you have information that would

John Holsman

help the Sheriff solve this or other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.

Persons arrested for criminal offenses are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.