Springfield, Missouri police have arrested Willie Haughton as part of an investigation into two homicides in the city.
After a search and standoff that used an armored assault vehicle, police arrested Haughton in one of the more interesting manhunts in the city’s history.
Two Murders, One Suspect
On March 27, the body of Lance Loveless was found in a car near the 1000 block of West Florida Street. He was shot to death. At the time, his family stated that he was last seen with a stranger to whom he agreed to give a ride.
On April 1, the body of Robert Hewitt was found by the 1000 block of East Commercial Street, after locals called Springfield police to perform a welfare check on a man who had been sitting in his car. Hewitt was shot to death.
The two murders had many similarities, and evidence eventually led to Willie Haughton, who had just been released from jail four days prior to Loveless’s murder. He met both men just before their subsequent murders. With the evidence in hand, police went hunting for Haughton.
The Hunt for Haughton
At first, it was thought the hunt for Haughton would be a simple one; he had a tracking ankle bracelet after his release from jail on an unrelated domestic assault charge. Unfortunately, the battery on the bracelet died, and Haughton’s whereabouts were uncertain.
The hunt eventually led to a home near the Bolivar Road Apartments. This resulted in a 12-hour standoff with three occupants in the home. Loudspeakers, an armored assault vehicle, and tear gas were all used to end the standoff, only to find that none of the three occupants were Haughton.
However, they did give police information that would lead them to a residence just outside of Springfield city limits at 3300 hundred block of West Farm Road 148, just west of Moore Road and south of Bennett Street.
24-year-old Haughton was arrested at the home without incident. No charges have been filed in regards to the two murders, but the investigations are ongoing.