Tulsa Police: Suspect In Violent Home Invasion Arrested After Pursuit

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 9:14 pm
By: Erick Payne

TULSA, Okla. -

Tulsa Police arrest a man on Thursday they said broke into an apartment two weeks ago and beat a man so badly, he was in a coma for days and is still in the hospital as of Thursday.

Police said Joshua Ward beat the victim in order to steal his food stamps card.

When officers tried to arrest Ward Thursday afternoon, they said he led them on a chase to Broken Arrow. Police said when they tried to pull over Joshua Ward, he shoved the woman who was driving out of the car, jumped into the driver's seat and took off.

Tulsa's Fugitive Squad was looking for Joshua Ward since he had an arrest warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

"One of our robbery detectives caught up with him at another residence as he was leaving," Sergeant Gene Watkins said.

Watkins said when officers tried to pull over Ward, he pushed a woman out of his car and sped off.

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"We actually try very hard not to have these types of pursuits at all, because it's so dangerous, especially this time of day," Watkins said.

Watkins said Ward bailed out of the car next to this field in Broken Arrow.

"They found him hiding, he didn't want to come out, and he was actually apprehended by the dog," Watkins said.

Ward was treated for a dog bite. The U.S. Marshals Violent Crime Task Force and Broken Arrow Police helped with the arrest.

Records show Ward got a two-year suspended sentence last fall for forgery, but didn't follow the rules, then didn't show up for court in July, so had a warrant for that too. Records show he has past convictions for arson, robbery, stolen property, and escape.

"We're very fortunate that nobody was hurt and there were no accidents, or anything like that, but he's a continuing threat with him having that robbery warrant, and him being a menace to society," Watkins said.

Police also arrested the woman who was with Ward, because they said she's accused in the recent robbery. They said Ward will face more charges after today's chase.