OPD, deputies arrested man hiding inside problematic residence

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 1/19/22

A man called a “thorn” in the Owensville Police Department’s side for months is in custody following his arrest Jan. 12 on a felony, no-bond Probation and Parole warrant.

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OPD, deputies arrested man hiding inside problematic residence


A man called a “thorn” in the Owensville Police Department’s side for months is in custody following his arrest Jan. 12 on a felony, no-bond Probation and Parole warrant.

Daniel N. Hankins, 38, was taken into custody without incident this past Wednesday evening at the residence in the 300 block of Springfield Road which prompted a city board discussion this past fall about alleged criminal conduct by occupants there.

According to City Marshal Robert Rickerd, Hankins has been eluding local law enforcement, county law enforcement, and the state’s bureau of Probation and Parole for nearly two months.

“Over the past several months OPD, GCSO and the LANEG drug taskforce have been receiving information of different locations where Hankins has been coming and going while eluding law enforcement on his warrants,” according to a report issued Jan. 14 by Rickerd. 

On the morning of Jan. 12, Rickerd said city police received “additional information from Probation and Parole and from individuals of Hankins current whereabouts.  This information had to be verified before any action could be taken. OPD, LANEG Drug Taskforce and GCSO secured the residence at 309 Springfield Road knowing Hankins was hiding out in his upstairs apartment even though he had been previously evicted by court order. After a short time of negotiation and speaking with Hankins by phone, Hankins came outside and turned himself in without incident. Hankins was taken into custody by the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department pending their warrants.” 

Rickerd said Hankins, “at this time, is a subject of interest pertaining to some theft reports within the city of Owensville and Gasconade County Sheriffs Department.” 

Hankins was being sought on a felony no-bond P&P warrant alleging failure to appear in court to answer a felony Gasconade County charge for resisting arrest. He also has two outstanding city of Owensville cases alleging a misdemeanor traffic violation and a peace disturbance. Cash-only $85 bonds were attached to each of those cases.

“I’d like to thank the Gasconade County Sheriffs Office, LANEG Taskforce, and Probation and Parole for their assistance, said Rickerd in his release.

“This subject has at times, been one step ahead of law enforcement, eluding us, and has truly been a thorn in Owensville Police Department’s side, but he is now in custody,” Rickerd told The Republican.

Owensville police also reported Alexus Wenkel, 18, turned herself in on the morning of Jan. 6 on an active  traffic warrant out of Gasconade County. A cash-only bond of $150 was required for the moving traffic violation.

On the morning of Jan. 8, police arrested Carol Natvig, 61, on allegations of stealing from CarQuest, Pioneer Home Center and Orschelns Farm and Home Center.

Jeffrey Levin,47, was issued two city Municipal Court citations for peace disturbance and harassment after police were called the evening of Jan. 2 to the 600 block of North Second Street. Police also went to that block for a Jan. 8 peace disturbance but no citations were issued.

On the evening hours of Jan. 9, police took a report for stealing of clothes at the Laundromat.

Police responded the very early morning hours of Jan. 11 to a burglary in progress in the 700 block of East Apple where an unknown female was attempting to make entry into the window at the residence. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived and an investigation continues, according to Rickerd.

On the morning Jan. 14, OPD responded to the 600 block of East Jefferson for “a check the well-being” call. Rickerd said when police arrive there was a request made for ambulance personnel to respond to assist with a subject lying on the ground of his residence. 

Police on the morning of Jan. 14 also took a report on allegations of elder abuse in the 200 block of East Jefferson. Rickerd said information has been turned over to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Division of Aging for further investigation.

On the afternoon of Jan. 14, police took a report of a peace disturbance in the 300 block of Springfield Road. Summonses will be issued to this subject. The subject was not identified in the release.