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Chumney murder suspect and robbery accomplices arrested in Arizona

Doyle and Lillian Chumney were found in their burned car. (Source: Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office) Doyle and Lillian Chumney were found in their burned car. (Source: Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office)
Jeffrey Stewart has already faced a judge for his involvement in the Chumney murders. (Source: Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office) Jeffrey Stewart has already faced a judge for his involvement in the Chumney murders. (Source: Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office)
The vehicle suspects were traveling in was caught on surveillance camera in Kanawha County, WV. (Source: WOIO) The vehicle suspects were traveling in was caught on surveillance camera in Kanawha County, WV. (Source: WOIO)
After a police chase turned into a foot chase, a brush fire ignited three cruisers in the desert. (Source: Kingman Daily Miner) After a police chase turned into a foot chase, a brush fire ignited three cruisers in the desert. (Source: Kingman Daily Miner)
Suspects Robert Clark, Tabatha Hazel and Jeffrey Caley have all been captured. (Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office) Suspects Robert Clark, Tabatha Hazel and Jeffrey Caley have all been captured. (Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office)
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After two weeks on the run, Clark, 29, was arrested Thursday morning in Kingman, AZ after a high speed chase.

Tabatha Hazel, 27, was also arrested with Clark shortly before 2 a.m. Jeffrey Caley, 28, remained at large so approximately 40 law enforcement officials conducted an extensive search. Around 10 a.m., sheriff's deputies found Caley in the desert. According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Caley was armed and dangerous and threatened suicide. Eventually, deputies were able to talk him into surrendering. He was then taken into custody.

Hazel and Caley are accused of going on a multi-state crime spree with Clark.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, deputies located the green 2003 Dodge Caravan in the area of Interstate 40 and tried to stop it. The suspects failed to stop. Deputies continued the pursuit until the suspects turned onto a dirt road and the minivan became disabled. The suspects took off on foot and during the search, a brush fire ignited three cruisers.

Clark, along with Jeffrey Craig Stewart, 21, is accused in the violent murder of Strasburg couple 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife, Lillian. Investigators found the couple's 1986 Pontiac on the side of the road in Bakersville on Jan. 22. It was burned with the couple inside.

Stewart was arrested on a warrant on Jan. 31. During the interview process, detectives say Stewart made incriminating statements and implicated Clark, who is known to Tuscarawas County law enforcement. Stewart was charged with murder and is currently in the Tuscarawas County Jail.

Authorities learned Clark, of Dennison, was traveling with Caley and Hazel, both of Canton. All three were identified in surveillance video at the armed robberies of stores in West Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina.

Earlier this week, the Cleveland Division of the FBI announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Clark. 

After word of the manhunt ending, members of the Chumney family released the following statement:

The Chumney family would like to extend our gratitude to the many local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel for their tireless nationwide efforts while investigating and apprehending the suspects in this case.
We are hopeful our community can enjoy a greater sense of security as a result of these arrests. We are especially grateful that no additional injury or loss of life has occurred throughout this ordeal.
Words cannot describe the comfort we have received from the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support from family, friends, neighbors and strangers alike. All of you are a blessing to our family.
We recognize the work of law enforcement is far from complete. We encourage anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation to please contact your local law enforcement agency.
We also appreciate the efforts of the news media in respecting our privacy.
We would be most grateful if your family would continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.
Ron Chumney, Diane Enama, Ed Chumney and Wesley Chumney


Officials say Coshocton County will take the lead on this case because that is where the murders took place. No motive has been determined, but police believe Clark knew someone who worked for the couple, which makes robbery a possibility.

All three suspects remain in Arizona awaiting extradition. 

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