Ashland Clipper, April 14, 1927


Robert Dodson of Gate, Oklahoma, is a fugitive from Justice and Troy Demmitt, whose home is west of Ashland is in the county jail at Coldwater because of their conduct with Alvora Doolittle of Protection last Sunday night.  It is reported that they accosted her on the streets in Protection and forced her to enter a Ford touring car and drove out of the city with her.  Along the highway the girl attracted attention of passers by, by calling for help.  They were followed to Coldwater and there eluded those who followed.  Comanche county officers were notified and the chase continued with the result that they were cornered in a pasture east of Protection.  The girl was found alone, the men having deserted her and the car they were driving, making their escape under cover of darkness.

Officers continued the search for the men through the night, and they in company with officers from the Clark county sheriff's office captured Demmitt in Minneola about eight o'clock Monday morning.  Dodson has not yet been captured, but authorities are laying a net for his apprehension and it is probable that he will be found soon.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 5, 2005.

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