Manhunt for shooting suspects ends with two arrests

Jeffery Nichols, 22, and Christopher Lewis, 18, were charged Monday with first-degree murder, with bond set at $1 million.

A manhunt in mid-Missouri ended with the arrests of two Macon men wanted for homicide and assault in Randolph County. Jeffery Nichols, 22, and Christopher Lewis, 18, were charged Monday with first-degree murder, with bond set at $1 million.

Police released Tuesday name of the Moberly woman who was killed Sunday night in Randolph County. The Moberly Police Department said 92-year-old Carmelita Kaser died from a stab wound.

It all started Sunday night in Moberly when police were called to a Walmart in reference to a shoplifting.

A white man and a black man were seen stealing items from the store. The men then got into a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Macon.

The vehicle that was seen leaving Walmart with the suspects was found abandoned at Jefferson and Morley and turned over to Macon Police Department.

Shortly after the vehicle was found, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a fire in which a vehicle had been set on fire.

Five minutes later, the sheriff's department got a call of a vehicle accident on County Road 2515.

Then, about ten minutes later, at about 8:30 p.m., they got a call about a shooting south of Huntsville on Route D. When a deputy got to the scene he found two men had been shot.

A wrecked vehicle that had been stolen in Higbee was found about 300 yards from the scene of the shooting, according to Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols.

While investigating, authorities determined two men hid behind a barn; ambushed the victims when they arrived at the scene and shot them. The suspects then took one of the victim's trucks, but crashed it in a ditch and were unable to get it out.

Soon after, the suspects returned to the scene of the shooting and took the second victim's truck.

The men drove a short distance down the road to a home on Route BB and saw a woman with a white Saturn Vue. They approached her, physically assaulted her and took her SUV.

At about 9 p.m., Randolph County Sheriffâ??s Department was called to a home in Higbee in which several guns were stolen.

A few hours later, at about midnight, Moberly Police tried to contact the owner of the vehicle which had been burned earlier in the night in the county and found 92-year-old Kaser dead. Her autopsy was performed Tuesday morning.

The Macon Police Department were notified Monday morning that the men were possibly in the Macon area, in a residence in the 100 block of West Third Street.

Law enforcement set up a perimeter in the neighborhood. The two wanted men were arrested without incident at about 10 a.m. when they exited the house. Nichols and Lewis are being held in Chariton and Randolph county jails awaiting arraignment.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Moberly Police Department, Chariton County Sheriff's Office, Huntsville Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff's Department all aided in the search and investigation.