Armed robbery suspect surrenders
In a surprise turn of events, Iola robbery suspect Aaron Hutton turned himself in at 7:50 a.m. this morning at the Iola Police Department.
Hutton, 35, had tried to change his appearance by cutting and dying his hair and had recently shaved. Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy said the suspect did not appear hungry, despite being on the run since Aug. 22.
“You just never know what’s going to happen on any given day,” Iola police chief Jared Warner said. “We don’t know if it was one of those instances where he maybe talked to someone, who talked him into turning himself in.”
The suspect was taken to the Allen County Sheriff’s office where he was booked on a slew of charges, including aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft by threat and obstruction of apprehension of prosecution.
“Now is when all the hard work begins, where we try to figure out how this guy managed to be on the run for so long,” Murphy said.
Hutton had not been interviewed by the Sheriff’s Department when the Register went to press.
A getaway car stolen in an armed robbery last week was found Monday afternoon near the Southwind Rail Trail near Humboldt.
On Tuesday Murphy said evidence indicates the suspect was still alive and possibly in the area.
The stolen Subaru was found between Idaho and Iowa roads, near the trail, but was not obvious to passersby. Warner said it’s likely the vehicle had been there since Wednesday, when it was stolen from an employee during an armed robbery at Advance America, 523 N. State St.
Hutton then fled to Humboldt and jumped into the Neosho River, where he floated on a log as law enforcement tracked him. Officers lost sight of him when the helicopter left to refuel.
A truck also was reported stolen from Humboldt Monday and was found after it apparently ran out of gas. Officers discovered handprints on the bank of the Neosho on Monday.