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Manhunt, Arrest in Russell County Over the Weekend

Russell County SheriffA domestic disturbance in Russell Saturday morning led to a manhunt near Lucas and the arrest of a man wanted for parole violation.

The Russell County Sheriff's Office says it started at 7:20 AM Saturday after a 911 call was received from The Lodge at Russell. The room's occupant, a woman, advised she had an argument with her husband, Joshua Ray Nelson, and he left the motel. The woman advised they are currently living in Arkansas City and were in the area looking for a place to live in Luray.

Upon further investigation, a hit was received on Nelson for parole violation through the Kansas Department of Corrections. The Russell Police Department was advised and began to look for Nelson.

Nelson was spotted on foot at around 11 AM in Lucas by a Russell County Sheriff's Deputy. The Sheriff's Office says after a brief conversation between Nelson and the deputy, Nelson fled on foot.

A manhunt involving the Sheriff's Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Rooks and Lincoln County Sheriff's Departments, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism ensued.

He was not found in Lucas.

However, at 4:30 PM Saturday, a 911 call was received from The Lodge at Russell advising the male subject had returned to the hotel and left southbound on Fossil Street in a red pickup and the woman is still there.

He again was not located.

At about 1 AM Sunday though, Nelson was found walking near the intersection of 200th and Mellard Road in Russell County and was arrested without incident.

Nelson is currently being held at the Russell County Jail. He was also charged with obstruction. The investigation is continuing.

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