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Douglas Casteel (left) and Lucian Lambes (right) were both wanted for aggravated robbery for their role in a December 5th shooting and armed robbery in Oxford Township. Lambes was arrested Monday. Casteel remains at large.  

Uhrichsville, Ohio - Detectives the two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery and shooting last week in Oxford Township near Newcomerstown have both been apprehended. 

Lucian A. Lambes and Douglas M. Casteel were both wanted for aggravated robbery in connection with the December 5th shooting of a 17-year-old juvenile on Liberty Road. Lambes was apprehended Monday in Uhrichsville after a high-speed pursuit, and Casteel was picked up in Akron later that evening.

Detective Lt. Jeff Moore of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department says the were informed Monday that Lambes was in the Uhrichsville area driving a 2007 Ford Taurus. He says deputies in the area observed and attempted to stop the vehicle, which resulted in a high-speed chase. 

“We’d had a tip that he was driving a certain car with a license plate. Our guys went out and began patrolling the area. Deputy Matt Stein spotted the car just north of Uhrichsville and that turned into a high-speed pursuit,” he says.

Moore says the chase started along Indian Hill Road and continued onto US-36. He says the suspect exited at Trenton Avenue and sideswiped a construction vehicle before turning right onto McConnell Street where he was ultimately apprehended.

Lambes was taken into custody and is being held at the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office awaiting his initial appearance in court. He is scheduled to appear in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Tuesday for sentencing for an unrelated incident. 

Three individuals have also been charged with complicity to commit aggravated robbery in connection with the incident. Samantha S. Owen and Ian A. Cultrona were both charged last week for allegedly colluding with Casteel and Lambes to set the robbery up. A third individual, Lisa Freetage of West Lafayette, was arrested over the weekend and charged on Monday. 

Moore says Freetage was not present during the incident but her vehicle was used by Casteel and Lambes to commit the robbery. 

STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV
 


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