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March 6, 2013

Man arrested on railroad property in Kremlin is charged with two felonies

ENID, Okla. — An 18-year-old Enid man arrested last week by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies for trespassing on railroad property in Kremlin has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Justus Skyler Cobbs was charged Tuesday in district court with two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and misdemeanor counts of malicious injury to property and interfering with a railroad.

Cobbs faces fines of $500 to $5,000 on both vehicle charges and fines and up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor charges.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, deputies were dispatched at 2:34 a.m. March 1 to Kremlin in reference to a trespasser on railway property.

Dispatch was told an unknown man had boarded an idling, unoccupied Union Pacific train and used the radio to call for help, according to the affidavit. Deputy Logan Niles arrived at the scene and using his spotlight, found the man inside the train.

The man, identified as Cobbs, was ordered out of the train, and told Niles he got his truck stuck and was walking when he saw the train and used the radio, according to the affidavit. Cobbs told Niles he was from Oklahoma City and had driven to Enid to find his father, but could not remember his name, according to the affidavit.

Cobbs then told Niles he had run away from Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid earlier in the day and stole a truck. Deputies found a 2008 Ford F450 with front-end damage stuck in the snow in the 900 block of East Midway Road. Niles noted there was only one set of footprints in the snow.

Cobbs was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with Niles. He said he and two other people ran away from NORCE. Cobbs said he waited for a while and began walking and ended up at a business on U.S. 81, where he attempted to steal a Jeep. However, it got stuck on the property, according to the affidavit.

Cobbs then found the Ford F450 on the property, started the truck and ran through the gate, causing extensive damage to front end of the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Cobbs then drove north on U.S. 81 to flee the state.

When asked why he turned onto Midway Road, Cobbs said he did not know why. He said he got the truck stuck in the snow and began walking and got lost, according to the affidavit.

Cobbs told Niles he thought of stealing the train, but wasn’t sure about his ability to drive it, according to the affidavit. He then used the radio inside the train in hopes of getting a ride from railroad personnel. He said he had the key to the stolen truck his shirt pocket, according to the affidavit. Deputy Troy Bush took the keys and was able to start the Ford F450.

Cobbs is free on a $5,000 recognizance bond and is set for arraignment on the charges this morning.

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