Alex Deaton is wanted in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, Heather Robinson, who was found dead in an apartment at the Vineyard at Castlewoods last Friday. Deaton has managed to elude police up until this point and his evasion of the law has roped several unfortunate victims into the unfolding crime spree.
Here’s everything you need to know about Alex Deaton and his recent crimes.
UPDATED, MARCH 1, 10:43 A.M. EST: Alex Deaton was taken into custody in Ellsworth County, Kansas after a multi-state crime spree that stretched from Oklahoma, New Mexico and Mississippi, WLBT-TV reports.
Authorities have determined that Deaton strangled his girlfriend last Friday, prompting the murder charge. He is also wanted for aggravated assault in connection with a shooting, as a woman in the Castlewoods neighborhood was shot while jogging early Friday morning. Neshoba County deputies have also named Deaton as a person of interest in a homicide investigation as Brenda Pinter was shot dead in Dixon Baptist Church.
Deaton stole Robinson’s car and changed the Mississippi license plate to a Missouri tag to initially flee from police. Police began to narrow in on him in North Central New Mexico when he ditched Robinson’s vehicle and carjacked a couple at gunpoint. Officials say that at some point during the ordeal, the male victim attempted to escape and was shot in the buttocks. The female victim was grazed by the bullet, but her injuries were not deemed to be life threatening.
Later in the drive, the female victim managed to escape.At this time, law enforcement offered a reward of $32,500 to information leading to the capture of Deaton.
Since then, however, Deaton has continued to harm innocent civilians. Early Wednesday morning it was reported that Deaton had been chased into Kansas during the night. He reportedly wrecked his car before getting out on foot and making it to a convenience store. There, Deaton allegedly shot a store clerk and stole a Cadillac.
The clerk was said to be in critical condition. Deaton remains on the run.
Who Is Alex Deaton?
Alex Deaton, 28, is reportedly involved in multiple crimes across Mississippi, including the murder of his girlfriend and shooting at least three other people during a multi-state crime spree. He is described as 5’9″ and weighs around 170lbs. He has hazel eyes and brown hair.
He was last seen in Kansas after also being spotted in Oklahoma and New Mexico, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
Deaton is accused of killing his girlfriend on either February 22 or 23.
“Not only is he a threat to the public, but I believe he’s a threat to any law enforcement that stops him,” Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said.