Suspect in Ohio Double Homicide Arrested in Arizona

A man wanted in the double homicide of an elderly Ohio couple and in three armed robberies was arrested Thursday morning in Arizona after a high speed chase.

Robert Clark, 29, was arrested by the Mohave County sheriff’s department, according to an FBI spokeswoman. Tabatha Hazel, his 26-year-old companion suspected in the armed robberies, was arrested with him.

Clark has been charged with one count of murder for the death of Doyle Chumney, 88, and his wife Lillian, 79, who were reported missing on January 21.

The chase began when local authorities spotted Clark’s green 2003 Dodge Caravan. The suspected did not stop when police attempted a traffic stop.

Clark, Hazel, and a third suspect, Jeffrey Caley Jr, fled on foot, but authorities captured Clark and Hazel at 1:55 am.

Caley was found in a desert area around 10:00 am; he threatened suicide.

During the episode, a brush caught aflame, consequently causing three police vehicles to catch fire.

Police found the Chumney’s Tuscarawas County home ransacked. The remains of their bodies were found in their incinerated car on a country road on January 22.

A second suspect in the murders, 21-year-old Jeffrey Stewart, was arrested Saturday. Police stated that Stewart has implicated himself and Clark in the killings of the Chumneys. Stewart has been charged with one count of murder and is being held on $2 million bond.

In addition to the grisly killings, Clark, Hazel, and Caley are wanted in the armed robberies of gas stations and convenience stories in West Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia on Saturday and Sunday. There were no injuries in these incidents.

The FBI became involved the manhunt on Tuesday, offering a $20,000 reward for information that lead to an arrest.

“I am very relieved. I thank God he hasn’t killed anyone else,” said Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson.


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