A fugitive wanted on multiple drug and weapons charges has been arrested in Springfield.

The U.S. Marshals Office says Dereck Ray Owens was arrested Tuesday after a brief chase on foot through south Springfield.

Owens faces several felony charges in Greene and Webster counties.

The U.S. Marshals Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task force joined the search for him on November 15.

U.S. Marshals and Greene County Sheriff’s detectives spotted Owens on a motorcycle in the 800 block of South Oak Park.

He ran away, but was soon captured.

Authorities say Owens is wanted for at least two stolen vehicles that were recovered, including the motorcycle.

Press Release

U.S. Marshals and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department arrested a fugitive on Tuesday after a brief foot pursuit through a south Springfield neighborhood.

Dereck Ray Owens faces multiple felony charges in Webster and Greene Counties, including multiple counts of weapons, drugs, and forgery.

On November 15th, the U.S. Marshals Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force joined the hunt for Owens.

On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals and detectives from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit located Owens seated on a motorcycle near 800 S. Oak Park in Springfield.

As they approached, Owens fled on foot with deputies in close pursuit.

Deputies caught Owens a short time later without further incident.

Owens is believed to be responsible for at least two stolen vehicles recovered from the scene, including the motorcycle.

“Owens is charged with multiple weapon and drug charges stemming from a two-county crime spree in Southwest Missouri,” said Mark James, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri. “I’m thankful he was arrested without
further danger to the community or our law enforcement officers.”

The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force—Springfield Division, partners with members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department, and the Joplin
Police Department.

The mission of U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug and sex offenses, and other serious felonies.

To accomplish this mission, the U.S. Marshals Service partners with local law enforcement agencies in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as many foreign countries.