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April 4, 2014

Crime tips are on the case — Garvin County authorities believe the arrests of two fugitives over the past few days show the impact of a Crime Stoppers program.

It was just a week ago when the photos of both Greg Rushing, 23, of Wynnewood and Dustin Coulter, 28, of Stratford appeared in the Crime Stoppers feature in the Pauls Valley Democrat.

That very same day Rushing had surrendered, while earlier this week Coulter was taken into custody at a family member’s residence.

Sheriff Larry Rhodes doesn’t believe the arrests shortly after the Crime Stoppers’ appearance was a coincidence.

“A family member pulled up to the back of the sheriff’s office and said there was someone in the car they knew we were looking for,” Rhodes said. “Greg got out of the vehicle and turned himself in.

“Both of the suspects’ pictures came out in the paper that day and he surrendered himself to us later that same day,” he said about Rushing.

“I don’t know for sure if his surrender was the result of Crime Stoppers. I will say that Crime Stoppers has helped our fight against crime in many ways.

“In my opinion Rushing’s surrender was just one example of the many successes of the program. I suspect it’s directly related to his photo being in the paper.”

Rushing had been wanted for a 2012 case involving kidnapping and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, while Coulter was sought in a 2007 case for aggravated assault and battery.

The photos of both were published in the March 27 edition of the Democrat.

According to the sheriff, it was around 6 p.m. that same night when Rushing surrendered himself at the back door of the sheriff’s office, where he was soon booked into county jail.

Then this past Monday it was a tip on Coulter’s location that led county Deputy Scott Cottrell to a rural residence north of Stratford.

Coulter was found hiding in a closet of his mother’s residence, Rhodes said. He was then arrested on the outstanding warrant.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any wanted individuals or any crime in Garvin County is encouraged to call the Garvin County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-211-7867.

Although unrelated to Crime Stoppers, another surprise came on March 31 when a man ran out of an area business and led several on a most unusual foot pursuit.

It came around 10 a.m. Monday when the call came out from Steppin’ Out Western Wear located near Interstate 35 and state Highway 29 a few miles south of Pauls Valley.

Reports show the business owner came across Chad Russell, 25, of Fort Worth, Texas, who is believed to be a homeless transient passing through Garvin County.

Russell, who was at first seen running from the area store, was located and confronted by the store’s owner and an employee. He was able to flee from both individuals.

Prior to the arrival of county deputies at the scene, Russell used a small knife to threaten another person before then leading authorities on a chase that ended with his arrest. The knife was later recovered.

Felony charges of second-degree burglary and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon were filed against Russell on Tuesday in Garvin County District Court.

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