Deputies Search for Accused Thieves in Pottawatomie County

Tuesday, August 21st 2018, 9:57 pm

The Pottawatomie County sheriff says one person is in custody and two others are wanted following a chase and crash near Tecumseh Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say they received a call about suspicious activity at a home off Highway 18. When they arrived on scene, they reported seeing three people stealing from the abandoned property.

“Deputy shows up and sees two vehicles. One vehicle tries to leave, he meets this vehicle head on, gets that suspect out, takes him into custody. You could tell they were stripping siding off the house,” Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said.

A source tells News 9 that the property belongs to a man who passed away awhile back and was related to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

The man arrested was identified as 32-year-old Travis Maxwell Pate. While the deputy was able to arrest Pate quickly, the other two suspects were seen taking off in a blue Dodge Ram.

Within moments, that truck crashed into a neighbor’s pond.

A dive team was called to the scene to search for the suspects in the water.

“I heard a noise. Walked out the door and a young lady was coming around the corner of the pond,” said Ray Trask, who owns the land on which the pond is located.

Trask said he was unaware of what had happened, the woman told him that she simply fell in. He offered her a ride to Shawnee so that she could get help.

“Yeah I did it. She was young she looks like a 16-year-old girl, and I thought she was. We’ve had two or three people show up here that way. I took her there and came back and there were police all over,” Trask said.

The woman has now been identified as 26-year-old Amber Deathridge. She still has not been located.

The identity of the other suspect at the scene has not been released.

The truck has been pulled from the pond and was reported stolen out of Del City days earlier.