Samuel Hays Baker

[UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m.] 

A Washington man sought in connection to a Highway 100 shootout last month was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

Samuel Hays Baker, 19, was arrested by Washington police in the 900 block of East Eighth Street and Highway 47 shortly before 1 p.m. 

He is being charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of assault and property damage. Police also said there is a no bond probation warrant as well stemming from an incident in 2017.

Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said Baker was seen running into a home by an officer. Officers then surrounded the home and convinced Baker to surrender.

Earlier Tuesday Baker was named as a “person of interest” in the Aug. 22 shooting on Highway 100 at Washington Crossings. Shots were fired between two cars about 8 p.m. that night.

Washington police detectives, assisted by the Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, were contacted by a victim who had sustained an injury in the shooting. The victim had not sought medical attention and identified Baker as the shooter.

Authorities received numerous tips stemming from a Facebook post asking for information or witnesses to the incident.

Before his capture, police warned that Baker was armed and dangerous and urged citizens to not approach him, but instead to call police to report his whereabouts.

He is being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.


 

Police named a Washington man as a “person of interest” Tuesday in last month’s shootout between two vehicles at Highway 100 and Highway 47.

Washington police said they are searching for Samuel Hays Baker, 19, in connection to the Aug. 22 shooting.  

At 8 p.m., shots were fired between two cars on Highway 100 at Washington Crossings.

Washington police detectives, assisted by the Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, were contacted by a victim who had sustained an injury in the shooting. The victim had not yet sought medical attention and identified Baker as the shooter.

Police said Baker is armed and dangerous and warned citizens to not approach him, but instead to call police to report his whereabouts.

Authorities received numerous tips stemming from a Facebook post asking for information or witnesses to the incident.

Police are urging anyone with information on Baker’s whereabouts to call their non emergency phone number at 636-390-1050.

Following the shooting, one car left the scene traveling westbound on Highway 100 and the other eastbound, according to police. 

In 2017, Baker was handed five-years’ supervised probation for a felony charge of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

Baker and two others confessed to shooting out windows on vehicles and homes during a vandalism rampage in Washington over several days in 2016.

At the time, Washington police said the number of reports of property damage has topped 70.

Following their arrest, police seized three air soft BB guns, CO2 cartridges and BBs found inside the car as evidence.

Police allege the suspects used air soft BB guns to break out windows on parked vehicles and on some homes and businesses. There also were reports of body damage to some vehicles.

In one instance, a youth reported he was shot with a BB gun while walking in the area of Wenona Drive, police said.

Most of the property damage occurred in the Quail Run, Dawn Valley and Meriwether subdivisions, but there also were reports of damage in other areas of town.

According to court records, Baker violated the terms of his probation five times in 2018.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Friday, Sept. 7.