FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Police Department is searching for Thomas Elston, a 35-year-old male from Springfield. He is believed to be the subject responsible for violent crimes that have occurred in Springfield today. Elston is approximately 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He may be traveling in a black 2003 Honda Accord with Missouri plates, KK0L4H.
At approximately 12:44 a.m. today, Springfield police officers responded to a report of a disturbance and shots fired. Upon arriving, officers located an adult female victim who had received a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of Sunset and National and made a traffic stop. They contacted a female driver, Amber Gilmartin, and a male passenger, believed to be Elston, who matched the suspect description. Elston fled on foot from officers, and Gilmartin was detained and booked into Greene County Jail on a warrant. Officers attempted to apprehend the male but were unable to do so. A perimeter was established, and a K9 track was conducted but was unsuccessful.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., Springfield police received a report of a robbery in the 1200 block of E. Broadmoor. A male, matching the description of Elston, had gained entry into a home which was unoccupied at the time. When the female resident entered her home, she located the male inside. He threatened her with a knife and proceeded to tie her up. She was able to get free and flee to a neighbor’s home, and she was uninjured. The male then stole the victim’s car and left the scene.
If anyone has any information about Elston or his whereabouts, please call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477 (TIPS).
Photo of Thomas Elston
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Case number: 16-35906, 16-35945
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams