Moore arrested after Huron County ‘takedown’
After eluding police for more than a week, Kyle Moore – wanted by area OPP on a number of charges – is finally behind bars.
The 33-year-old assault suspect was arrested early Friday evening in Huron County after another attempt to escape police. After being spotted earlier in the day, several marked and unmarked police vehicles were sent to the Palmerston area to find the suspect, who had allegedly stolen a GMC pickup earlier in the afternoon. With help from an OPP airplane, police were able find the vehicle and co-ordinated a “takedown” on C-Line road south of Gorrie, a village about 20 kilometres northwest of Listowel. While the suspect still tried to escape, ramming into one of the police vehicles, his flight attempt was unsuccessful. Just after 5 p.m., Moore was arrested by members from the West Region emergency response team, the OPP canine unit and the West Region crime unit.
Moore – of no fixed address – is being held in custody, with a video bail hearing scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7. The accused is facing a long list of charges, including several from Friday’s events as well as outstanding changes from other OPP detachments and municipal police forces.
Moore was first spotted around 11 a.m. Friday morning when a Huron OPP officer spotted a stolen Chevrolet Camaro in Clinton. Before the officer could initiate a traffic stop, the Camaro – allegedly driven by the suspect – raced away at a high rate of speed, quickly leaving Clinton. Soon after, a Perth County OPP officer saw the stolen Camaro in the Atwood area. Once again, the suspect vehicle raced away.
Officers found the stolen Camaro a short time later, abandoned south of the Palmerston area. The suspect then reportedly committed a break and enter in Palmerston, where he allegedly stole a Dodge Ram pickup truck. The pickup truck was abandoned a short time later in Huron County, near Brussels, before the suspect allegedly stole the GMC pickup.
Police believe Moore had been spotted last Friday, Sept. 29, in the Hanover area. An off-duty Hanover police officer had seen a suspicious man carrying a gas can. When other officers arrived, they chased the suspect into a residential neighbourhood – sprinting through a series of backyards – but couldn’t find him. Police, however, did find a stolen Ford F-250 pickup truck that had been reported missing to the Lambton County OPP.
On Saturday at 7:30 a.m., Hanover police received a report of a stolen Ford Escape SUV that was later recovered in Desboro by Grey County OPP.
Moore was originally alleged to have broken into a Zurich, Ont., business on Monday, Sept. 25, to steal an ATV but made off with a pickup truck after the owner spotted him. Ten minutes later, the suspect returned, and “(stuck) his tongue out at me, yells and screams and takes off,” Gerry Prosser, the owner of Bender Racing Canada which was hit, told the Beacon Herald.
Police said the suspect left Zurich in a Ford F-450 pickup and was pulled over near Bluevale by Wingham police. He’s alleged to have assaulted the officer at roadside and stolen his cruiser. The police car later crashed into trees behind an apartment complex in Listowel while the suspect was being chased by police. The suspect then ran shoeless from police and evaded arrest.
After a manhunt on that Monday in Listowel, in which schools were locked down as a helicopter circled the town and officers and a canine unit patrolled the streets, there was an unconfirmed sighting of a man matching his description in Ripley. Police were not able to find him there, either.
Huron OPP’s arrest warrant wants Moore on 12 charges stemming from events that Monday. Sarnia police also have a warrant for his arrest for failing to attend court Aug. 10, on charges of driving disqualified, resisting a police officer, possession of stolen property, a pickup truck, and failing to comply with probation.
Martin Stark from London is seen fishing Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Wildwood Conservation Area. Stark and his family decided to camp at the location during this Thanksgiving weekend.