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Crime spree suspect is arrested in Webster County

By Shayla Patrick, spatrick@ky3.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:21:02 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 27 2013 11:18:20 PM CDT
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -

A stakeout ended in success for the Webster County Sheriff's Department.

"We had information to believe that he was in a trailer and we acted on that information and it turns out that information was good," said Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole

The man they found is Nickolas Johnson, 32.  The sheriff says he's a repeat offender responsible for committing various crimes across at least three counties in southwest Missouri.

"More vehicle thefts than I can count or remember, potentially some assault, several resisting arrest charges," Cole said.

Once Johnson was located after about a month on the run, bringing him into custody took some time as well.

"The whole thing took over an hour, maybe two hours. We had the place surrounded and there was a standoff for a while," said Cole.  "I think maybe he was under the influence of some type of drugs at the time and he showed no violence towards us, but I think he was in a condition where maybe he would have had some of the factors been different. He gave up without incident, it just took a while."

It was time well spent for law enforcement officers, who say it's a relief to get Johnson off the streets.

"It was really dangerous and scary there for a while because he was showing up at people's houses and taking their cars, and we were pretty worried that he may hurt someone before it was all said and done, and he very well may have, but it's nice to know that's not an opportunity anymore," said Cole.

Cole says Johnson is a person of interest in a home invasion and assault on which KY3 News reported last week, in which a man who lived between Niangua and Marshfield was attacked. He had valuables stolen from his home, several broken bones, and needed more than 100 stitches.