A fugitive who had been on the run for more than a decade is now in custody! In November 2005, detectives with the Springfield Police Department obtained warrants charging a man using the false identity of “Joe Anthony Mercado Ortiz”, with four counts of child rape and five counts of aggravated sexual battery. “Ortiz” was arrested on November 15, 2005 and was released after posting a $135,000 bond. One week later, “Ortiz” failed to appear in court and a warrant for failure to appear was issued for him. On September 27, 2016, information was developed that the man known as “Joe Anthony Mercado Ortiz” may be in Missouri. TN agents came to Missouri and found he may be in Hayti with a woman believed to have fled from Tennessee with him in 2005. On Friday, September 30, officers with the Hayti Police Department arrested the man known as “Joe Anthony Mercado Ortiz” at the Budget Inn at 941 State Highway in Hayti. The subject’s identity is still unknown, but officers were able to identify him based on tattoos taken at the time of his arrest. He was booked in the Pemiscot Sheriff’s Office while awaiting extradition to Tennessee.
Scott County Jail escapee back in custody An 18-year-old Holcomb man was killed Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision in Dunklin County.