Police arrest felon on P&P absconder warrant

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 1/18/23

An Owensville man arrested Jan. 11 following an hour-long standoff inside a residence on Marvin Avenue was transported from the Crawford County Jail on Tuesday to the Department of Correction’s …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Police arrest felon on P&P absconder warrant


An Owensville man arrested Jan. 11 following an hour-long standoff inside a residence on Marvin Avenue was transported from the Crawford County Jail on Tuesday to the Department of Correction’s Fulton Diagnostic and Reception Center after allegedly violating his parole.

Owensville police and sheriff’s deputies arrested Daniel Nathan Hankins, 39, at noon Jan. 11 on a on a no-bond Division of Probation and Parole absconder warrant. He was transported that afternoon to the jail in Steelville where he was held without bond.

Hankins, who has a lengthy criminal history and pending charges for trespassing and drug violations, was spotted by city police in a back yard in the 100 block of Marvin Avenue that morning. Police and deputies surrounded the residence. Hankins exited on his own about an hour later and surrendered on the back porch.

Owensville police received an anonymous tip that Hankins was at a residence on the corner of Marvin and South Cuba. City Marshal Robert Rickerd and Det. Rob Green were joined by patrolman Brenn Finley as they approached the house with a fenced in backyard.

“As I pulled up to the backyard on the south side, I exited my patrol car and told Hankins to stop,” Rickerd noted in his report. “At that time, Hankins briefly turned his head for a moment to look at me and ran into the backside door of the residence” on Marvin.

A 45-year-old rural Owensville resident was also in the backyard with Hankins at the time Rickerd and his men arrived. They surrounded the residence and called for back up from Gasconade County Sheriff’s deputies. The second man was initially uncooperative with police but later told Finley that the man inside was indeed Hankins. They had been “coming and going periodically from this residence recently,” Rickerd noted in his report.

By around 11 a.m., a sheriff’s K-9 handler was also on scene as police were in conversation with Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group officers about obtaining a search warrant for the residence.

A minute after noon, however, Hankins stepped out of the back door and “turned  himself in freely to authorities,” the report noted.

Police did not pursue a warrant for the residence. It is a rental property and the owner was notified of the arrest, Rickerd said. The primary occupant of the residence was not presented and police were unable to contact him be telephone, Police did not release the renter’s name.

Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group investigators responded to the scene and interviewed Hankins after he was in custody.

P&P issued an absconder warrant for Hankins’ arrest back on Nov. 10, 2022. It carried full statewide extradition. Felony “resisting officer” (arrest) was cited as the original offense. Hankins has also been charged previously for trespassing through the city’s court and has felony and misdemeanor charges pending across the region.

Hankins had a pending trespassing charge filed against him from a September 2022 incident in Owensville. He failed to appear in the city’s municipal court, held now in Osage County, and a warrant was issued Oct. 19, 2022, which included a $185 cash-only bond on the ordinance violation. He also had a first-degree trespassing charge filed against him on Oct. 26, 2022, which was a class B misdemeanor. That state charge sought by Owensville police carried a $1,500 bond.

A July 18, 2022, Gasconade County Sheriff’s investigation resulted in a class D felony count alleging possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and a D misdemeanor for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Hankins is scheduled to appear before Presiding Circuit Judge Craig E. Hellmann at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, for his formal arraignment.

In the city’s trespassing cases from the fall of 2022, Hankins is alleged to have violated a Nov. 16, 2021, court order prohibiting him from being at a residence in the 300 block of Springfield Road where he was known to frequent. In fact, court records list 309 A Springfield as his residence.

However, the property owner had gone to court to prevent Hankins from being there. According to as probable cause statement filed by Rickerd in the trespassing case, the property owner’s attorney told police his client was in “fear for his safety to confront Hankins” even though he had been evicted in November 2021.

The owner of the Springfield Road property died of reported natural causes earlier this month.

Hankins has prior convictions for felony and misdemeanor charges including driving while revoked/suspended, resisting arrest by fleeing, driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child while driving intoxicated, violation of an adult protective order, and non-support of three minor children.

Sentences for his prior guilty pleas have ranged from 30 days in a county jail to up to four years in the state prison system. Court records reviewed for this story indicate he has numerous instances of probation and parole violations from cases in Franklin, Gasconade and Osage counties.

Since his 2003 conviction on a Rosebud police marijuana possession case, Hankins has had 35 cases filed against him.