Fugitive Wanted For Plaza Inn Murder Captured After SW OKC Pursuit

Thursday, September 24th 2020, 6:28 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce


Oklahoma City police captured a fugitive on Wednesday who was wanted for murder. The suspect led police on a car chase that ended on the southwest side of the city.

Muhammad Sanders, 24, was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on a first-degree murder complaint. Police added a hand full of other charges after Wednesday night's pursuit and crash.

Sanders’ run from the law came to a crashing end in a driveway near Southwest 48th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The chase started when police said Sanders refused to stop.

“Officers attempted to stop a vehicle with an expired vehicle tag,” said Sgt. Megan Morgan, Oklahoma City Police Department. “This was near I-40 and Meridian.”

After Sanders crashed in the neighborhood, he and his two passengers took off running but were quickly captured.

“One of those suspects was a wanted fugitive, the driver of the vehicle was a wanted fugitive,” said Morgan. “And had an active warrant for homicide that happened August 31st at the Plaza Inn.”

Sanders is accused of killing 33-year-old Jonathan Ward. Police said the two got into an argument last month at the Plaza Inn hotel when Sanders pulled out a gun and shot the victim five times.

“I got the phone call that my son had been shot,” Jamesetta Ward, victim’s mother.

Ward's mother recently spoke to News 9 about losing her son. She will never forget the conversation she had with him the day before he died.

“We joked and we laughed, and we played,” said Jamesetta. “Never in my life I would have thought that was my last time talking to my son or seeing my son.”

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Ward is relieved police caught Sanders but said his arrest will never replace the life taken from her and Ward's six children.

“This one was born on his birthday and so he took all that from them,” said Ward. “He will never get to see them graduate, never get to see this one walk. He doesn’t get to see anything anymore because that guy took upon himself to take his life,” said Jamesetta.  

Police confirmed the car Sanders was driving Wednesday night was stolen.