The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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July 24, 2013

Search for wanted man results in multiple arrests

ENID, Okla. — Police arrested several people Tuesday evening as local law enforcement officers searched for an Enid man wanted out of Grant County on a felony drug charge.

Capt. Jack Morris said Enid Police Department officers responded Sunday to a weapons call in the 2100 block of East Walnut. Officers were told Michael Belcher, 38, was inside the house’s attic and possibly armed.

Morris said the department’s SWAT team was activated and called to the home to search for Belcher, but did not locate anyone inside.

Police received an anonymous tip at about 5:22 p.m. Tuesday that Belcher was inside a home in the 1500 block of East Oak.

Enid Police Department officers and members of Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Officers set up a perimeter around the house and four people left the residence, per an officer’s orders, Morris said.

He said one of the four who left the home, who was the owner of the home, said she had no knowledge of Belcher being there.

Two men told police Belcher had left prior to the arrival of officers, but told differing stories of how and when Belcher left. Another woman gave officers another story about Belcher leaving prior to their arrival.

Morris said officers had been watching the home and knew no one had left prior to the perimeter being set up around the home.

A search of the home was conducted, and Belcher was found and taken into custody on an outstanding felony drug warrant from Grant County, Morris said.

Belcher had a magazine pouch on his belt containing a loaded pistol magazine, Morris said. A gun, which was chamber-loaded, was found in the area were Belcher was taken into custody, Morris said.

The SIG Sauer P250 9 mm pistol was reported stolen to the Enid Police Department from a burglary reported June 5.

A search of the home also found a backpack containing an additional 11 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. Syringes and a green coin bag containing a white residue also were found, Morris said.

Belcher was arrested on the Grant County warrant, as well as complaints of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also arrested Joshua Jenkins, Dana Joliff and Clayton Wilmont on complaints of harboring a fugitive.

Jenkins, 27, and Wilmont, 24, also were booked on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

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