SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — What began as a car chase in Greene County has turned into a full-scale man hunt Friday night after an elderly couple was injured in a violent home invasion.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office is ready to ask the public for help.
The man they are looking for is 28-year-old Brandon M. Slavens.
His mug shot is from an almost year-old driving while intoxicated charge.
This time if it was Slavens he was thought to be drunk and driving a stolen vehicle, but now he is wanted in connection to considerably more.
"They were pretty bad; they were pretty bad off," Justin Mauss says, choking back tears.
Mauss' grandparents weren't the first victims but they were probably the hardest hit.
"They yelled 'help Justin!'"
He discovered them inside their rural Bois D'Arc home Friday morning, his grandfather injured by the butt of an ax.
"If the person is going to do this once, they are going to do it again," Mauss tells us.
Turns out Mauss was right. The reign of terror didn't start or end at his grandparents' place.
It actually began with a police chase and then a car crash into a home on Highway T and Missouri 266.
After, the suspect fled on foot to Mauss' grandparents' house nearby. He then attacked them and stole a gun and their car.
Later Friday afternoon deputies canvassed a neighborhood in north Springfield, where they found the stolen vehicle at a house in the 1600 block of Camorene.
"Our suspect was in the area this morning, we've confirmed that," Jim Arnott tells KSPR.
But not in the house where the suspect parked.
"At that point we set up a perimeter, tried to make contact in a residence and got no answer," Arnott explains.
The homeowner wasn't home and it doesn't appear the suspect ever went inside. Police don't believe the two know each other, but they are fairly certain the wanted man knows someone in the neighborhood.
"And that's why you see the detectives out talking and interviewing other people and searching other houses up here," Arnott continues.
By about 6 p.m. the search had moved on. Mauss just hope it ends soon.
"I hope the cops catch him in like five minutes," he concludes.
According to the Greene County Sheriff's Office Slavens is likely driving or riding in a brown or tan SUV similar to an Oldsmobile Bravada.
If you see him or have any information about him call 911.
Investigators say to remember the suspect is armed and dangerous. He stole a .22 rifle from the couple's home in Bois D'Arc.