Po­lice: Man wanted for vi­o­lent crimes had hit list

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Sean Murphy The As­so­ci­ated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY >> The Oklahoma man who’s been wanted since Sun­day in a string of vi­o­lent crimes, in­clud­ing the killings of two rel­a­tives, had a hit list pur­port­ing to tar­get sev­eral more peo­ple, au­thor­i­ties said Tuesday.

Michael Dale Vance Jr., a 38-year-old man from Chan­dler, Oklahoma, is wanted on mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing two counts of first-de­gree mur­der. He was last seen early Mon­day about 30 miles from the Texas bor­der in western Oklahoma — 165 miles from where the man­hunt be­gan Sun­day night in Well­ston.

“Ob­vi­ously, as long as he isn’t ap­pre­hended, we’re ex­tremely con­cerned about those he may have in­di­cated that he wishes harm to,” Oklahoma County Sher­iff John Whet­sel told The Ok­la­homan news­pa­per on Tuesday. “Most of those are out­side of Oklahoma County.”

The FBI is co­or­di­nat­ing the search for Vance among sev­eral fed­eral, state and lo­cal agen­cies and is de­lib­er­ately be­ing tight-lipped so Vance isn’t tipped off to their ef­forts, spokesman Terry We­ber said in a state­ment.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and any pre­ma­ture re­lease of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the ap­pre­hen­sion ef­forts of Mr. Vance can neg­a­tively im­pact th­ese ef­forts to safely ap­pre­hend (him),” We­ber said.

Whet­sel also said law en­force­ment is pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion for the peo­ple on the al­leged hit list.

The search be­gan Sun­day night after two po­lice of­fi­cers were shot and wounded as they re­sponded to shots fired in Well­ston, about 35 miles north­east of Oklahoma City. The Lin­coln County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said one per­son was ar­rested, but Vance fled in a pa­trol ve­hi­cle.

Vance is sus­pected of later shoot­ing a woman and steal­ing her ve­hi­cle at a mo­bile home park near Well­ston, then driv­ing about 8 miles to his rel­a­tives’ mo­bile home in Luther and killing them, Oklahoma County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman Mark Op­grande said.

Ron­ald Everett Wilk­son, 55, had been shot and had stab wounds to his neck “con­sis­tent with an at­tempt to sever his head,” an ar­rest af­fi­davit said. Va­lerie Kay Wilk­son, 54, had sim­i­lar neck wounds along with de­fen­sive wounds on her arms, the af­fi­davit stated.

Au­thor­i­ties also be­lieve Vance filmed two Face­book Live videos doc­u­ment­ing his run from po­lice be­fore go­ing to the Wilk­sons’ home.

In one video, a man wear­ing a back­ward base­ball cap and a shirt that ap­pears to be cov­ered in blood says he’s about to steal an­other ve­hi­cle and that it’s “gonna be in­tense.” In an­other, which seems to be filmed in­side a sec­ond ve­hi­cle, the same man says: “Let­ting y’all know, look, this is real,” be­fore pan­ning to a long gun on the pas­sen­ger seat.

He said: “If you want to know what’s up next, stay tuned to your lo­cal news.”

Michael Vance

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