Reported prowler stopped on bicycle in Bakersfield with methamphetamine
A warrant with a $1,500 cash-only bond has been issued for 36-year-old Bakersfield resident Hunter Black. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony. He could face up to 4 years in prison if convicted of the charge. Although the case was just filed in court last week, the allegations result from early October incident. According to the probable cause statement filed in the case by Ozark County deputy Seth Miller, the sheriff’s dispatch office received a call at 7:41 p.m. Oct. 6 from a person who said there was a prowler at their home on Highway 101 in Bakersfield. Miller responded and spoke with the woman who made the call. She reportedly told the officer that she’d heard a knocking sound on her window. She said her daughter then told her she’d seen Black outside her window, knocking and asking to speak with her, but he left when he saw her mother coming that way. Black reportedly has a full order of protection filed against him, requiring him to stay at least 300 feet from the mother or her home. That order was granted Aug. 26, according to the probable cause statement. The woman and her daughter said they’d seen Black leaving on a bicycle, and they thought he could still be found riding it in the Bakersfield area. Miller found Black riding a mountain bike on Highway 101 in Bakersfield shortly after he’d left the residence. Black turned off Highway 101 onto Watts Street and then onto Sigler Lane. Miller was able to identify the rider as Black as he was following him. Black continued to look back at the officer’s patrol car, and “clutching his pants leg pocket,” the report says. Black got off the bicycle, and Miller exited his patrol vehicle. The officer ordered the suspect to put his hands behind his back, but Black turned around and attempted to flee instead. Miller reportedly deployed his taser, making a successful connection. Ozark County deputy Kyle Hannaford placed Black in hand restraints. When Miller asked him why he’d ran, Black reportedly told the officer that he had drugs in his pants pocket. Black was transported to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department. Items found inside Black’s pants pocket field-tested positive for methamphetamine. They were placed into evidence and will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s crime lab for further testing.