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Target of Manhunt Is Charged With Assault

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:00 am

A Franklin County man who was the target of a manhunt Sunday in the Lonedell area has been charged in a felony complaint, authorities said.

A $250,000 cash-only bond was ordered for Bryan E. Thrower, 48, who was charged Monday afternoon with one count of first-degree domestic assault.

Thrower is accused of assaulting his mother and stepfather at their home in the 6000 block of Oak Grove Church Road then attempting to escape from authorities when they responded to the scene.

Authorities plan to seek an order for a psychiatric exam because Thrower allegedly took an overdose of prescription medication before his arrest, The Missourian was told.

Sheriff Gary Toelke said the man was transported from the scene to Mercy Hospital Washington for evaluation and treatment before being transferred to the county jail.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday by Thrower’s mother who said her son had assaulted her and his stepfather and had fired a gun inside the house.

The parents managed to leave the house and called to report the incident. Toelke said the communications officer who took the call heard a gunshot, then the line went dead.

According to a probable cause statement filed in court, Thrower became agitated when he was told he would have to find another place to live.

He allegedly struck his stepfather, knocking him down, and threatened to kill both his mother and stepfather and himself, according to the court statement.

The first deputy to arrive on the scene heard a gunshot from the residence and found the parents outside. They had been assaulted but had not been shot, the sheriff’s office reported.

After deputies arrived and spoke with the victims, the sheriff’s office called in SWAT teams from Franklin and Jefferson counties to secure the scene and attempt to arrest the suspect. The St. Louis County Police helicopter also responded to assist in the search.

While conducting a ground search, a canine unit from Jefferson County and a Franklin County deputy tracked the suspect to a creek between Oak Grove Church Road and Highway 30.

Thrower was found hiding in a tree under a low-hanging branch with a shotgun near his leg, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect initially refused to comply with the officers’ commands but eventually surrendered and was arrested without incident, according to the report.

Thrower likely will face additional felony charges in the incident, authorities said.

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