Two shot in chase for burglary suspects
September 16, 2015
After a 20-minute car chase, two suspects are in custody for two Barry County burglaries a well as at least three more in other counties last week. David Cox, 53, of Kansas City, Kan., and Marie Hamm, 32, of Kansas City, were taken into custody by Green County Sheriff’s deputies. The chase ended on South Scenic Avenue in Springfield when the truck Cox was driving was disabled, and he tried to steal a pickup after shooting the driver in the shoulder. Deputies shot Cox and took him into custody.
According to Sheriff Mick Epperly, two separate Barry County burglaries on September 8, one in Leann and one in Golden, were solved by Cox and Hamm’s arrests. Epperly said, “They’re clearing up a lot of cases that these two were involved in now.” He said that two other burglaries include one in Stone County and one in Carroll County, Ark.
Epperly also said that Cox’s car chase went from Springfield to Republic then back up into Springfield before his car was disabled by a spike strip around 6:40 a.m.
According to the affidavit of probable cause by Barry County Detective Robert Evenson, Hamm and Cox broke into a home on State Highway 39 in Leann near Aurora. Then the home’s owner, Carol Walker, arrived home, she said there was a black sport car in her driveway. When she went in the house, Cox and Hamm were inside, carrying out items that belonged to Walker.
At that point, Cox allegedly pointed Walker’s own .30-30 rifle at her and told her to get out of the house before shoving her as he walked past. Cox and Hamm both threatened to kill the her multiple times.
Walker left the home to go back to where her four-year-old granddaughter was in the car and left.
Charges were filed on that case on September 10 after Hamm was identified by her car. Epperly said that she has a sister living in Golden which tied her to the area. Cox and Hamm were each charged with burglary in the first degree, assault in the first degree and stealing for the Leann burglary. Judge Johnnie Cox set their bonds for $50,000 cash-only each.
Within an estimated two-hour window of the Leann burglary, Hamm and Cox allegedly also robbed a home on Farm Road 1210 in Golden. According to the affidavit of probable cause, they stole four antique lamps, three boxes of jewelry and an antique mirror and brush, worth around $190.
When interviewed in jail by Barry County detectives, Hamm admitted that she and Cox had burglarized the home. Hamm threw the property out of the car window while being chased by Greene County deputies.
Cox and Hamm were each charged with burglary in the second degree and stealing. Judge Robert Foulke gave each of them $25,000 cash-only bonds.
Hamm is currently being held in the Barry County Jail while Cox was released back to the Greene County Jail after being treated for his injuries. A Greene County judged denied a bond for Cox.
Epperly confirmed that Cox was recently released from prison for other crimes. He said, “He just served 22 years, but I guess he wanted to go back.”