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Troopers release names of two arrested in Saturday manhunt

ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 22, 2008) — State troopers released the names Sunday of two people arrested Saturday night at the Greyhound bus station in St. Robert following a major four-agency manhunt.

Thomas Mercurio, 25, and Amy E. Arden, 21, both of Louisville, Ky., were arrested at 9:06 p.m. Saturday and were transported to the Pulaski County Jail where they were placed on a 24-hour hold.

According to state patrol reports, Arden only faces of charges of tampering with a motor vehicle. Mercurio faces more serious charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, careless and imprudent driving and no valid operator’s license.

Their arrest follows what State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Danny Crain called “a very intensive search for the two individuals.”

That search began after what initially appeared to be a relatively minor crash of a 1994 Nissan minivan at 5:10 p.m. at mile marker 159 in St. Robert. Firefighters found the vehicle had crashed in the westbound lanes but the occupants had fled. After checking the license plates, law enforcement personnel discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in another state. The out-of-state reporting agency told troopers that the people believed to have taken the vehicle were considered dangerous suspects from another out-of-state incident.

Neither Thomas nor Arden were injured in the crash, Crain said.

While the lead agency was the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Crain said other agencies assisting included the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Waynesville Police Department and St. Robert Police Department.

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