MOORE — Lonnie Ray Correll and Rowdy M. Offield have something in common.
Both men have allegedly eluded authorities and are considered fugitives named on Cleveland County’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.
“These are people that know they’re wanted,” Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said.
Burnett said the 10 fugitives are not necessarily the most violent. However, these alleged criminals are most likely to commit more crimes.
“The likelihood of them repeating their crimes is greater,” he said.
Burnett said Sheriff Joe Lester created the county’s Top 10 Most Wanted program in January 2009. In that time span, at least 10 fugitives have been captured.
Burnett said the goal is to apprehend fugitives and prevent crime. Finding these alleged criminals isn’t an easy job.
“These are people who have been gone for a while, trying to lay low and they’re hard to find,” Burnett said.
The program works with the United States Marshal’s Metro Fugitive Squad in Oklahoma City. The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department has a deputy assigned to the task force.
Deputy Marshal Michael Stevenson is tasked with finding fugitives and taking them off the street.
“At any time, we may have 20 to 30 felony warrant that he is actively working in addition to these warrants,” Burnett said. “It’s a full time job.”
Stevenson said the warrants are sent to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Oklahoma City. The paperwork is returned to Stevenson with a database records check.
“I go through it as an investigator and it will come back with different records,” he said. “I will see if I can find any current addresses. Sometimes you hit places and sometimes you just sit and watch.”
Stevenson said he constantly checks tips. Sources remain confidential.
“Something new will pop up and I will go out and check new information,” he said.
Last week, the task force received information that Department of Corrections escapee Jonathan Manning 22, was spotted at a Norman apartment complex.
According to DOC, Manning escaped from the Clara Watters Community Correctional Center in Oklahoma City on Sept. 26. He was serving time on automobile theft charges out of Ottawa County.
Task force members converged at the complex and apprehended Manning inside an apartment.
“Anytime we get help from the community, it really helps,” Stevenson said.
In addition to himself, other task force members help Stevenson find those with outstanding Cleveland County warrants. That’s an extra resource.
“It brings more manpower to our warrants and federal resources to our warrants,” Stevenson said.
Each person’s name and charges are entered into the National Crime Information Center.
Correll has earned the top spot on the Top 10 list. Court records show prosecutors charged Correll, 44, of Norman, with first-degree rape and first-degree rape-instrumentation in June 2009.
According to the charges, Correll allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl.
Burnett said authorities believe Correll visits out of state but returns to Cleveland County from time to time.
“They believe he’s been out of state and back,” he said. “California is one of the states he visits. He has family there.”
Officers also are looking for Latashea Renay Harris, 24, of Oklahoma City. Harris is the only woman named on the Top 10 list.
Court records show Harris and another Top 10 fugitive Quition Lee Murphy, 20, of Oklahoma City were charged with first-degree burglary on Feb. 23.
According to the charges, Harris and Murphy allegedly broke into a Moore residence in December 2009. Murphy is accused of taking a Compaq laptop computer.
Offield, 39, is the latest fugitive added to the list. Offield escaped the Cleveland County Detention Center on Oct. 18, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department.
Offield was being held on robbery with weapons charges.
Anyone who has information on a Top 10 Most Wanted list, may call the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office at 321-8600 or the TIPS line at 366-5787.