A day long manhunt in western Greene County came to an end on July 12 after deputies arrested a man from rural Monett. The manhunt began early Friday when deputies tried to stop a pickup near the Bois D'Arc Conservation Area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Howard Perryman was taken into custody on numerous charges that include stealing farm equipment and rustling cattle.
Authorities say the 67-year-old Monett resident had been under a lengthy investigation by the the Rural Crimes Unit. Evidence links him to more than $100,000 in stolen merchandise from several southwest Missouri counties. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Perryman was subsequently charged in Greene County Circuit Court with two counts of theft and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle.
Perryman is being held in the Greene County Jail on $1 million bond
A probable-cause statement says DNA obtained from a used paper towel left on the ground near the site of where 13 head of cattle were stolen matched a DNA profile of the defendant. The statement says DNA also allegedly connects the suspect to a vehicle stolen from Jasper County that was recovered from a field in Greene County.
Online court records don't list a lawyer for Perryman.