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Puyallup tribal police arrest fugitive

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Puyallup Tribal Police arrested a Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive early Saturday morning, Aug. 17. Derek Oatman had been on the run from King County Sheriff’s deputies since he was featured on WMW July 2. The 26-year-old had five warrants for his arrest for drugs and having a stolen car. One of those stemmed from an incident on Jan. 28, 2013 when Kent police responded to a 911 call about a man asleep with food in his hands inside a Burger King. Officers found Oatman in the driver’s seat of a car with the engine running and a small child in a car seat in the back. Oatman agreed to a field sobriety test, which he failed. Officers said they found a prescription bottle in his jacket containing 3.5 grams of black tar heroin. When asked about it, police said, Bateman laughed and said, “That’ ain’t mine. I found it.” He then said that he “bought it from some guy at Winco. He told me it was chocolate.” A blood test came back positive for heroin, morphine, benzodiazepines and opiates.

Oatman was arrested again the next month by Renton police for possession of meth and heroin with intent to distribute. Three months later, Renton police again arrested him for illegally having 20 tablets of Xanax. He also was accused of having a stolen motorcycle from Federal Way after crashing it and running from the accident.

Puyallup Tribal Police received information on Oatman’s whereabouts from a bail bonds agent, took him into custody and booked him into the Pierce County Jail. “I’m glad we could help apprehend this dangerous criminal,” said Joe Duenas, chief of the Puyallup Tribal Police Department. “It’s nice to have the help of outside agencies, including bail bondsmen who also work hard to help apprehend some of these folks.”

Be sure and watch “Washington’s Most Wanted” Fridays at 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX and 9:30 p.m. on Joe TV.

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