|Danny Waggoner was captured in South Dakota (mug shot TCSO)|
The man authorities have been looking for after he walked away from a Springfield hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound he received in June when he allegedly attempted to break into a home in Powersite has been captured in Yankton, South Dakota.
Several states have charges pending against Danny Waggoner, 24, of Harrison, Arkansas who was arrested in South Dakota on suspicion of DWI. When authorities in South Dakota ran Waggoner through NCIC they discovered he was wanted in Taney County.
Waggoner, was injured when the elderly female homeowner fired a shot through a door, was charged with burglary, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle while he was recovering in the hospital. However, there was no deputy assigned to stay with him and he walked away from the hospital eight days later.
At the time Waggoner absconded, Russell said the hospital was supposed to notify him when Waggoner was discharged - the hospital says a staff member called and left a message for an investigator that Russell says was not received for several days, “A message was left on the Taney County investigator’s answering machine,” Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said in July. “To my knowledge, this message was never received, and we believe it was a technical issue, because the hospital does have a record of the cell phone call from a phone bill. Our original request of hospital security was for them to contact the sheriff’s office through dispatch, our 24-hour phone line. It was at a later hospital visit that the sheriff’s investigator visiting the hospital gave a security guard his office number also. According to the hospital (chief operating officer), since the investigator’s number was the last one received, the cell phone call from a security guard to the investigator’s office answering machine was made immediately upon Mr. Waggoner leaving the hospital.”
Russell says his office had received a tip that Waggoner was in South Dakota and that he's not sure how many other states are interested in Waggoner, but "we're gonna try and get him first. We was never gonna give up on gettin' him, we knew sooner or later we'd come up with him," said Russell.
While he was on the lam, Waggoner was charged with theft by receiving, second-degree forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing governmental operations and drinking in public. Bond on those charges is $65,000. He is also being held on a $1,120 cash only bond for driving while suspended and no proof of insurance.
Waggoner's time on the run almost ran out a little over a month ago in Yankton, South Dakota, where he was arrested and booked into the county jail. However, he gave authorities a fake name and he was eventually released from custody.
|Courtney Simpson will be sentenced in November (mug shot TCSO)|
Waggoner and his accomplice, Courtney Simpson, 21, also of Harrison stole a truck in Arkansas before the attempted burglary. She pled guilty on September 8th to charges of burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle. She is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17th in Taney County.