Oklahoma Escapees Caught in Wisconsin

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two Oklahoma prison escapees are due in
court for arraignment Tuesday in west-central Wisconsin where they
were arrested early this morning after leading police on a high
speed chase.

Truman Gross and Benjamin Beck were arrested just after 1 am
near Tomah, Wisconsin, after the stolen car they were driving ran
over a spike strip police used to flatten the tires. Monroe County
Sheriff Pete Quinn says the two then drove into a ditch and refused
to stop until police rammed the car.

Quinn says Gross and Beck stole the car while robbing a family in Preston, Minnesota, at gunpoint. The sheriff says the fugitives left a car they had stolen from a couple in Bella Vista, Arkansas, at the home in Minnesota.

Gross and Beck disappeared last Sunday from the Lexington
Correctional Center in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Correction spokesman Jerry Massie says
authorities will try to extradite Gross and Beck back to Oklahoma.
But Massie says because of possible robbery charges in other states
it isn't known when the two would be returned.


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