NEW PHILADELPHIA — The fourth suspect sought in connection with a robbery and shooting investigation in Tuscarawas County was arrested Monday night by Akron police officers investigating a tip regarding the location of 29-year-old Douglas M. Casteel, a West Lafayette resident.
A news release said Casteel was taken into custody and later transferred into the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office. He remained incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County Jail.
The release did not say when or where Casteel was taken into custody in Akron.
Another suspect wanted on a warrant for aggravated robbery in connection with a robbery and shooting last Wednesday in Oxford Township was taken into custody Monday in Uhrichsville after a high-speed chase.
Lucian A. Lambes, 22, was also held in the Tuscarawas County jail, awaiting an initial appearance in court.
On Monday afternoon, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office received a call that Lambes had just left a residence on Packer Street in Uhrichsville driving a 2007 Ford Taurus. Deputy Matthew Stein spotted the Ford Taurus while he was on patrol on N. Water Street Extension in Uhrichsville.
Stein pursued the Taurus on Indian Hill Road past Claymont High School with speeds exceeding 80 mph. The pursuit continued back into Uhrichsville on U.S. 36 before Lambes abandoned the vehicle after exiting the highway and striking a truck.
Witnesses reported Lambes had run across a creek toward the Claymont Village Apartments. Uhrichsville police officers and other deputies were in the area, and Lambes was quickly taken into custody.
The robbery and shooting last Wednesday resulted from an apparent drug deal on Liberty Road southeast of Newcomerstown. During the robbery, a 17-year-old boy was shot in his finger and his leg, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
On Saturday, Lisa Freetage, of West Lafayette, was arrested in Stark County by the Ohio Highway Patrol in connection with the incident. She was interviewed and incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County jail. She was charged Monday with complicity to commit aggravated robbery.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s office at 330-339-2000 and ask to speak with Det. Adam Fisher or Det. Lt. Jeff Moore.