Man wanted for Ohio murders is caught in Arizona, FBI says

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Posted: Feb 05, 2015 9:58 AM

(Reuters) - A man wanted in connection with the murders of an elderly Ohio couple and a string of armed robberies in three other states was arrested on Thursday after a high-speed car chase in Arizona, the FBI said.

Law enforcement authorities captured Robert Roy Clark, 29, formerly of Dennison and Canton, Ohio, early on Thursday in Kingman, Arizona, along with Tabatha Marie Hazel, 27, who also was named as a suspect in the robberies, the FBI said in a statement.

Authorities took a third person, Jeffrey Caley Jr., 28, into custody later on Thursday in the same area where Clark and Haley were arrested, the FBI said. He was armed, but taken into custody without incident, the FBI said.

Clark, Caley and Hazel were identified in surveillance video at robberies at gas stations in West Virginia and Georgia and a 7-Eleven in South Carolina, federal authorities have said. They had displayed a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol and were considered dangerous, officials said.

Clark was being sought for the Jan. 21 abduction and murders of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79, of Strasburg, Ohio, according to the FBI and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office. The FBI offered a $20,000 reward on Tuesday for information leading to Clark's arrest.

The Chumneys' home had been ransacked, according to the FBI. Their vehicle was later discovered in a rural area, burned and with their skeletal remains inside.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by David Bailey and Will Dunham)