Lawrence County robbery suspect arrested after police standoff in Springfield
The U.S. Marshal Service says a man wanted for forcing another man to drain his bank account in Lawrence County was arrested in Springfield Wednesday evening after after a standoff with police.
On April 19th the Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Leslie Sean Stevens with first degree robbery, first degree burglary, and armed criminal action. The charges stemmed from an incident on April fifth in Marionville, in which Stevens and a second man, Brandon Alonzo Dubois, are accused of robbing and assaulting a man at gunpoint. Prosecutors believe Stevens and Dubois forced the victim to withdraw a large sum of cash from his bank account to give to them. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated the case against Stevens and Dubois.
On Wednesday, April 24th, investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service-Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force began searching for Stevens. They quickly developed a possible address for Stevens in North Springfield. Deputy U.S. Marshals, and Springfield Police Officers surrounded a house in the 900 Block of West Chicago Street.
The Springfield Police-Special Response Team also responded to the scene after Stevens refused to exit the home. After a standoff lasting approximately three hours, Stevens surrendered to officers without further incident.
The arrest of Stevens represents the culmination of a cooperative investigative effort between the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. Bond for Stevens is set in this case at $175,000.
Fugitive Brandon Dubois remains at large. People with information on Dubois’ current location are encouraged to call the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 417-466-2131.
The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force-Springfield Division, operates in conjunction with members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department, and the Joplin Police Department.