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June 10, 2014

Trail of blood leads to accused store burglar

TAHLEQUAH — An 18-year-old Proctor man is behind bars on a $50,000 bond after sheriff’s deputies say they followed a trail of blood from the scene of a business burglary over the weekend and found one suspect in a bathtub.

Jared Matthew Webb is held on second-degree burglary and theft from a retailer, but also faces possible charges of second-degree rape after details of his alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl surfaced during the burglary investigation.

Deputies Jarrick Snyder and Josh Girdner were sent to Caney Ridge Store on State Highway 100 when two doors were broken out of the business. A couple of suspects entered the store and stole beer and cigarettes. Deputies found blood drops outside the store and began to follow the blood. Snyder said the blood trail led to a nearby trailer home.

A woman exited the home as deputies approached the porch and claimed she rented the trailer. Deputies were given permission to search and found Webb inside a bathtub with his hand bleeding. Webb told deputies he had been swimming and cut his hand.

While deputies investigated the burglary, they allegedly found text messages between Webb and a 15-year-old girl that discussed sexual activities. Deputies spoke to the girl and she claimed she had a sexual encounter with Webb.

Webb denied to deputies that he had been involved in a sexual encounter with the girl.

He also denied being involved in the store burglary, Snyder said.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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