By JOSH NEWTON
A Tahlequah man who allegedly made threats to shoot police was captured and booked into jail by Northeastern State University officers after a manhunt Wednesday.
Marcus A. Stopp, 20, was arrested for a failure-to-appear warrant on a felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Stopp was charged with that crime in 2011, and the warrant was issued in early July.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said Stopp found out police were looking for him.
“He had made some Facebook posts when he realized we were looking for him for the warrants, that he was going to blast it out with police, and at one point he said he’d shoot them in the back,” said Chennault.
Local and state authorities gathered in the area Wednesday to search for Stopp. Police believed they had flushed Stopp out of the home where he was staying, but were not immediately able to locate him.
According to NSU Police Sgt. Jim Flores, officers were given information that Stopp had also spray-painted threats toward law enforcement on the wall of a home.
Flores said NSU police met with Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown Wednesday to see whether campus security cameras had captured images of Stopp when he visited a university building. Investigators believed Stopp had been inside the facility Tuesday evening using campus computers. Police checked the cameras and looked for Stopp, but were unable to find him.
“About five minutes after we spoke with [Sheriff’s Investigator James] Brown, [NSU] Officer [Joe] Roberts told me he saw three people standing on the bridge between Wilson Hall and the greenhouse parking lot,” said Flores. “He said one of the individuals looked like Stopp, but he wasn’t sure.”
Flores responded to the area, approached the group and positively identified Stopp as the man police were searching for.
“I reached out to grab for him, and he pulled out of my wrist lock and started running up the sidewalk, toward Officer Roberts, who was standing there preparing for the capture,” said Flores. “I ultimately tackled [Stopp] to the ground, and Officer Roberts detained him.”
Stopp allegedly denied knowing about his warrants, and told police he didn’t make threats against law enforcement.
Police said they found Stopp to be in possession of an empty syringe, a bottle of eye drops, and a lighter. Stopp allegedly said he was going to try selling the syringe to a friend.
A 16-year-old girl who was with Stopp was entered into a national database as a missing person, so police returned her to her mother. The second person who was with Stopp was released at the scene.
Court records show Stopp has previous felony charges in Cherokee County District Court, including the assault charge; and three counts of second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, and unlawful use of a police radio.
He has previous misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer and public intoxication.