Rolla Man Faces Multiple Robbery, Stealing Charges
A joint effort between the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Cuba Police resulted in the arrest of a Rolla man who allegedly led authorities on a pursuit, carjacked two vehicles in Cuba and attempted another until a defiant subject refused to exit.
Timothy Vance, 33, faces two first-degree robbery charges, one first-degree attempted robbery charge, attempted stealing of a motor vehicle, two counts of first-degree property damage and four counts of unlawful use of a weapon charges.
Vance was arrested September 1 and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
According to the probable cause statement, the highway patrol was in pursuit of Vance, who was driving a vehicle wanted in regards to a kidnapping in Rolla.
Officers in Cuba were set up to assist the effort with stop sticks at Highway 19 and Washington Boulevard, but Vance detoured onto McLeod Street where pursuing officers lost sight.
A short time later, officers were advised that Vance had traveled behind Cuba High School where he allegedly damaged the football field and some fencing.
Vance had evaded officers and wrecked near the railroad tracks at Bond Street and Southwest Main Street.
As officers made their way, a male subject flagged them down and reported that Vance had jumped out of his vehicle and stolen his truck. The truck was later abandoned in front of 509 Main Street.
Three subjects who had been in the truck alleged that Vance had had approached their vehicle, pointed a gun in a woman’s face and told her to get out. All three got out and Vance allegedly left with the truck.
As he was leaving, he struck the vehicle that was parked next to them.
Vance also picked up a female occupant that had been traveling with him in the original vehicle.
One subject reported to officers that Vance had attempted to steal his vehicle before he moved on to the other. He alleged that Vance approached the vehicle from the passenger’s side, pointed a gun in his wife’s face and told her to get away from the vehicle.
The subject said his friend got in the back of the vehicle and said he wasn’t leaving.
Vance abandoned that vehicle and went on to steal the truck from the three victims.
Later, officers were alerted that a female victim reported that her 2007 Ford Expedition was stolen.
Vance allegedly used the stolen truck to grab another. He allegedly pointed a gun in the victim’s face and told her to get out. The victim said Vance and the female left the area.
During the conversation, Vance had crashed the Expedition on McPherson Road. He and the female subject scrambled into the woods.
Earlier that night, the sheriff’s department reported that around 8:40 p.m., a subject reported that a black SUV — the one originally in the pursuit — had drove past his residence and towards some barns before disappearing into the woods.
The victim said the SUV parked near his vehicle. Deputies looked at the subject’s vehicle and the passenger door was open. A window had been busted out and a pistol was left in the front seat. The pistol did not belong to the subject and was seized as evidence.
Deputies later arrested Vance at in the 70 block of Powers Road in Leasburg.