A Bunker man was arrested April 29 in Phelps County in connection to a dozen felonies filed against him in Dent County.

Austin L. Hill, 26, was taken into custody on a Dent County warrant charging him with five felony counts of first-degree property damage and one misdemeanor count of second-degree property damage as well as on a felony probation and parole warrant. Following his April 29 arrest, Hill was charged with additional offenses of three counts of stealing - motor vehicle/watercraft/aircraft, two counts of first-degree property damage, one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and one count of resisting arrest for a felony.

A press release from the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department details Phelps County detectives received information April 29 regarding the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive.  The detectives, along with law enforcement officers from the Rolla Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, responded to the 2400 block of Lanes End Road in Rolla. Upon arrival, officers initiated contact at the residence. Once this was done, Hill exited the home through a window, and a foot chase ensued. During this investigation, detectives also received information that a vehicle allegedly stolen by Hill could be located on the Lowes parking in Rolla.  Detectives responded to Lowes, where they discovered a stolen Ford pick-up truck out of Dent County.

Sheriff Michael Kirn praised the work of law enforcement, saying in a statement: “Working with other Law Enforcement agencies, we were able to pursue and take this wanted fugitive off the street.  His reckless behavior impacts the lives of many innocent people.”