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Elyria stabbing suspects in custody in Oklahoma after chase, crash (UPDATED)

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    Law enforcement surrounds a crashed car near Oklahoma City on Thursday morning.

    KWTV NEWS 9

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    Law enforcement surrounds a crashed car near Oklahoma City on Thursday morning.

    KWTV NEWS 9

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After a high-speed chase ended in a crash Thursday morning, Oklahoma authorities captured the two men wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a man whose body was found in the parking lot of Windsor Elementary School in Elyria.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Capt. Paul Timmons said the troopers spotted the stolen vehicle in Oklahoma City and tried to initiate a stop about 10:45 a.m. A chase ensued until the driver lost control on Cimarron Road southwest of the city at 11:22 a.m.

Elyria Police Lt. James Welsh said Oklahoma authorities told him the car was traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph before veering off the road, striking a telephone pole and several yards of fencing.

“We’re very fortunate no one else was injured as a result from that (chase),” Welsh said.

Oklahoma troopers have passenger Philip Hohn-Tucker, 21, of Elyria, in custody while the driver, Joshua Phillip Alexander Hohn, 19, of Prescott, Arizona, was flown to Oklahoma University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Thursday evening.

The pair were being sought in connection with the death of Barry Spreng Jr., 38, who was found with several stab wounds in the parking lot at Windsor Elementary School early Wednesday morning.

Police said Hohn-Tucker and Hohn took off in Spreng’s car, a 2007 Hyundai Sonata, and that is the vehicle they were driving when troopers in Oklahoma spotted them.

Elyria police issued arrest warrants for Hohn on a murder charge and Hohn-Tucker on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Hohn-Tucker previously faced charges of disorderly conduct in fighting and assault with intent to harm in 2017. The charges were dismissed, according to the docket from the Yavapai County Clerk of Superior Court in Arizona.

In an interview between Oklahoma City KOCO-TV reporter and troopers at the crash site, the troopers said they learned about the suspects after Elyria police tracked a cell phone to pinpoint their location.

Gloria Watton, 18, also of Prescott, Arizona, was listed as a person of interest in the case by Elyria police, but she was not in the vehicle. Oklahoma troopers said in a release that it is believed she is in Tennessee.

Timmons said Elyria detectives will visit Oklahoma to continue the investigation and examine evidence seized after the chase. Once the investigation is complete, the local district attorney’s office in Oklahoma will determine what charges will be filed there against the men, the release said.

Oklahoma troopers also are searching for something they believe the suspects threw from the vehicle during the chase, Timmons said.

It is unknown when the men will return to Lorain County to face the charges pending here, Welsh said.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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