Man wanted in Desoto County arrested after armed standoff in Osceola

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OSCEOLA, Ark. —A man wanted in Desoto County, Mississippi on sexual battery of a minor charges was arrested following an armed standoff overnight in Osceola, Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Police identified the suspect as 36-year-old Justin James Roby, who hours beforehand had allegedly fled from Missouri Highway Patrol officers. Officers in Arkansas received information about the suspect and located him around 10 p.m. at a gas station on West Keiser Avenue (Highway 140).

At that time, authorities said they approached the suspect, who refused to exit the vehicle. Officers quickly realized Roby was armed and called for backup.

They said a woman was also in the car with Roby and she may have been held against her will.

Officers began communicating with Roby around 2 a.m. and the female was eventually released. Roby surrendered to police two hours later.

More than a dozen officers from the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and the Osceola Police Department were involved in the standoff. Some of the officers were seen in SWAT gear and an armored vehicle was on the scene.

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