Man Connected To 3 Oklahoma Murders Arrested In Arkansas

A man connected to three murders in Oklahoma was arrested in Arkansas after a two-day manhunt, according to police. Here's what we know.

Thursday, June 20th 2024, 5:14 pm

By: News 9, Tevis Hillis


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A man connected to three murders in Oklahoma was arrested in Arkansas, according to police.

On Friday around 10 p.m., a man went to check on his brother who he hadn't heard from in a while.

When he got to the house, he found Phillip Emerson dead.

El Reno Police say Emerson had injuries consistent with homicide and started their investigation.

Neighbors tell News 9 that Emerson had become friends with a man named Stacy Drake while attending an AA meeting. They say it was about a two-week friendship, with Drake even stopping by Emerson's house.

Right now, police don't have a motive, but they know Drake is the suspect after Emerson's brother reported a 1994 Black Chevrolet missing. "It was a huge piece that helped tie the victim to what turned out to be Mr. Drake," said El Reno's Police Chief Ken Brown.

Police believe Drake took Emerson's truck and drove it over 180 miles to kill his next two victims in Sequoyah County.

People in El Reno say they are thankful Drake is finally behind bars, but they were taught a lesson. “I am always cautiously telling my kids to keep the doors locked," said neighbor Lorraine Price. "I'm shocked and I am creeped out. I am just glad police have picked him up and put him into custody.”

Drake was arrested after a two-day manhunt. He's already been charged with two counts of murder in Sequoyah County.

Charges haven't been filed yet in Canadian County.

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