Man accused of filming crime spree, killing relatives

Michael Vance is accused of filming his crime spree on FaceBook Live
Michael Vance is accused of filming his crime spree on FaceBook Live

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma authorities are still looking for a man who they say posted live videos to social media during a violent crime spree that included the shooting of two police officers, armed car thefts and the killing of his aunt and uncle.

An arrest warrant including two counts of first-degree murder has been issued for 38-year-old Michael Dale Vance Jr. of Chandler, Oklahoma. He’s been wanted for more than 24 hours. Police say he was last seen early Monday about 30 miles from the Texas border in western Oklahoma — 165 miles away from where the manhunt began Sunday night in Wellston.

Oklahoma County authorities say they believe Vance shot and wounded two police officers Sunday night and then posted Facebook Live videos documenting his run from police. One person was arrested, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said, but Vance fled in a patrol vehicle.

Police say he then drove to the home of his aunt and uncle and killed them. The body of Ronald Everett Wilkson, 55, had a bullet wound and stab wounds to his neck “consistent with an attempt to sever his head,” Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Belanger wrote in an arrest affidavit. Valerie Kay Wilkson, 54, had similar wounds to her neck along with defensive wounds on her arms, the affidavit stated.

In one of the videos, a man wearing a blood-stained shirt pans to a long gun and says: “This is real.” Investigators found a large knife covered in blood inside the home, along with the blood-stained shirt that Vance appeared to be wearing when he apparently filmed two Facebook Live videos before going to the Wilksons’ home. Authorities also found two shell casings from a round typically fired from an AK-47-style assault rifle.

In one video, a man wearing a backward baseball cap and a shirt that appears to be covered in blood says he’s about to steal another vehicle and that it’s “gonna be intense.” In another, which seems to be filmed inside a second vehicle, the same man says: “Letting y’all know, look, this is real,” before panning to a long gun on the passenger seat.

The arrest warrant for Vance also includes charges of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. Court records show Vance faces felony charges of child sexual abuse in Lincoln County, and has a court hearing Nov. 7.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Vance is believed to be driving a silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse with an Oklahoma license plate of 943LQQ. Vance is described as Native American, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 212 pounds.

Wanted poster for Michael Vance (Oklahoma Highway Patrol)
Wanted poster for Michael Vance (Oklahoma Highway Patrol)

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