Texas fugitives appear in court

Two armed Texas fugitives arrested after a two-state vehicle and foot pursuit had a first appearance in Scotts Bluff County Court Monday.

26 year old Joshua Carver and 21 year old Alexandrea Pryor appeared before Judge James Worden, who explained that Carver was being held on a charge of being a fugitive from justice for a parole violation and burglary out of Ellis, County, Texas and Pryor on a charge of being a fugitive from justice on a burglary charge out of the same Texas county.

Identity hearings have been scheduled for the pair on Tuesday, February 12th to confirm they are the individuals named in the Texas warrants.

Officers from multiple Nebraska and Wyoming agencies arrested the pair following a pursuit that started near Mitchell Saturday afternoon.

The chase started after a Mitchell Police officer stopped a vehicle just west of Mitchell on Highway 26 and the license plate showed the vehicle belonged to two fugitives wanted for a burglary in Texas. The two were to be considered dangerous, and were accused of stealing one or more assault rifles.

The suspects fled west on Highway 26, and speeds reached 90 miles per hour as the vehicle entered Wyoming and came back into Nebraska north of Henry where a number of officers from both states were converging when the vehicle encountered engine trouble about 3:20 p.m.

At that time, the occupants abandoned the vehicle in a field in Sioux County, about 5 miles north of Henry, and fled on foot.

Carver, the driver, was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun, while Prior was unarmed. The suspects were arrested after a foot pursuit.

A search of the vehicle revealed a scoped AR-15 rifle, a partially loaded magazine, ammunition, and a large number of knives.

No shots were fired, no law enforcement vehicles were damaged, and no one was injured.

Specific local charges are expected to be filed Wednesday following reports from all agencies involved.

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