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Garrett Grimm Cleaver (mug shot GCSO)


U. S. Marshals in Springfield apprehended a man wanted for negligent homicide and assault of a law enforcement officer today at a motel on the city's north side.

After nine hours of surveillance Garrett Grimm Cleaver, 26, of Colony, Kansas was taken into custody about 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Budget Inn at 2555 N. Glenstone.  Marshal Kelly Palmer says a woman went into the room Cleaver was thought to be in and the pair exited the room about thirty minutes later.  "We pinned her vehicle in with ours and arrested Mr. Cleaver without incident," said Palmer.

Cleaver, 26, was charged late last month in Allen County Kansas with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer.

Cops say Cleaver was a passenger in a car driven by Melissa Elder (aka Melissa Matlock) when he bolted from the car with an assault rifle during the traffic stop.  Cleaver came back to the vehicle and threatened the officer with the gun and sped off in Elder's vehicle. He later crashed the car and fled into the woods.

Authorities say that in April of 2010 Cleaver caused a three car crash in Chanute, KS when he crossed the center line on U169 knocking a mirror off of one vehicle and hitting another car head on.  Joseph Bagnato, of New Jersey, was killed in the crash.

Cleaver was also wanted in Christian County for possession of methamphetamine .

The woman who was found with Cleaver was briefly detained and could possibly face charges of harboring a fugitive.

He is currently being held in the Greene County jail without bond.

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