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Manhunt for suspects ends in Columbia

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

Manhunt-SuspectsA three-day manhunt came to an end on Saturday after the Columbia Police Department arrested the final two of three suspects sought for an armed robbery in Pike County last Wednesday.
According to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte, the suspects were involved a crime that occurred at 7:26 a.m. on August 17.
The report said that a Pike 425 resident contacted the Sheriff’s office in reference to a suspicious vehicle being at their house. It was a silver four-door car occupied by one white male and two white females, one with dark hair and the other with light hair.
They were at the house at 6:50 a.m. trying to sell a TV and claimed to be house hunting
At approximately 9:35 a.m., the Sheriff’s office received a report of an incident in which a homeowner had confronted a man taking a push mower from his shed on Pike 435.
The man, later identified as Michael E. Miller, age 30, was with two women later identified as Jessica L. Aschoff, age 39, and Ellen C. Singleton, age 43. Miller drew a hand gun and pointed it at the homeowner, who drew his own fire arm. Shots were exchanged with the homeowner striking the car while at least one round from Miller struck the homeowner’s house. This occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m.
At approximately 10:40 a.m., a deputy located the car on Missouri Highway 161, just north of Route M. The deputy turned around and attempted to catch up with the vehicle, but was unable to locate the car. The car however did travel through a MoDot one-lane work zone at a high rate of speed.
The Sheriff’s office later learned that between the encounter with the homeowner and seeing the vehicle on 161, the suspects had taken items from a shed on Pike 403 near St. Clement.
Assisting in this inves-tigation have been the Montgomery, Audrain, Boone,  and Callaway County Sheriff’s Offices, the Auxvasse, Centralia, Fulton, Mexico, and Columbia Police Departments in addition to the Missouri Sate Highway Patrol, ground, and an air unit.
Singleton and her car were located in Fulton the night of August 17 by the Fulton Police Department.
During the evening hours of August 17, a Mexico resident had called 9-1-1 and advised she had just left her apartment, where Miller and Aschoff were hiding, and Miller was brandishing a handgun.
Arriving officers and deputies surrounded the apartment and a search warrant was obtained and served.
The suspects were not located, having fled between the time of the 9-1-1 call and the arrival of the first officers.
On Thursday, Centralia Public Schools were on lockdown as it was believed the two fugitives were attempting to pay people to give them a ride out of town.
They were considered armed and dangerous by law enforcement officials.
Then on Saturday, Miller and Aschoff were taken into custody in Boone County by the Columbia Police Department.
Miller has been charged in Pike County with Class B felonies of first degree burglary and first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a fire arm by a felon. His bond is $75,000 cash only.
Aschoff and Singleton have  both been charged with Class B felonies of first degree burglary.
Their bonds for each is $25,000 cash only.
The firearm believed to have been used by Miller was located by Mexico DPS and had been reported stolen from Fulton the previous week.
All three suspects are still in custody. Many citizens around central Missourian and southern Pike County called law enforcement with tips.
Their help was key in the timely apprehension of these dangerous suspects.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
(Information below was reported as manhunt for suspects was ongoing.)
Update-4:48 p.m. Thursday, August 18: With the help of a Centralia citizen, the Centralia Police Department believes that the couple have cleared the Centralia area.
 
Have you seen these two in Centralia? At approximately 10:15 am, the Centralia Police Department began receiving calls about suspicious activity involving Michael Miller and Jessica Aschof. Apparently the two fugitives from Pike County, were attempting to pay people to give them a ride out of town. These two should be considered armed and dangerous! If you were/are approached by them, please contact law enforcement immediately. Also, if you gave them a ride, please contact us with a location as soon as possible.

Updated as of Wednesday evening, August 17:

During the mid morning hours of August 17, 2016, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Sheriff Steve Korte of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and advised a resident of Pike County had caught someone in the process burglarizing their property earlier in the morning, and had been shot at by the suspects as they fled.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office identified 2 of the involved suspects as Michael Miller of the state of Indiana, and Jessica Aschof of Lincoln County, Missouri.  It was believed the suspects may have been in the Audrain County area.
During the evening hours, a Mexico resident called 911 and advised she had just left her apartment, where Miller and Aschof were hiding, and Miller was brandishing a handgun.  Arriving officers and deputies surrounded the apartment and a search warrant was obtained and served.  The suspects were not located, having fled between the time of the 911 call and the arrival of the first officers.
If anyone has knowledge of the whereabouts of either of the suspects, they are to be considered armed and dangerous and are asked to contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 573-324-3202 or their local police/sheriff’s office.

Previous story from Pike County Sheriff’s Department

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reports his office is looking for three individuals who were involved with an armed robbery near Gazette in the south west corner of Pike County this morning. Michael E. Miller, 30, Jessica L. Aschoff, 39, Ellen C. Singleton, 43, all three of Auxvasse, were last seen driving a silver 1997 Honda Accord 4 door.
A home owner caught Miller coming out his shed with a push mower. Miller drew a hand gun and pointed it at the home owner, who drew his own fire arm. Shots were exchanged with the home owner striking the car while at least one round from Miller striking the home owner’s house. No one is believed to have been injured.
These three should be considered armed and dangerous. Any one seeing them should immediately dial 911 or contact their local law enforcement.
Assisting in this investigation have been the Montgomery, Audrain and Calloway County Sheriff’s Offices, the Auxvasse Police Department and the MO Sate Highway Patrol, ground and an air unit.

Ellen Singleton

Ellen Singleton

Jessica Aschoff

Jessica Aschoff

Michael Miller

Michael Miller