A man arrested Monday in Sequoyah County is suspected of robbing and killing the county sheriff's father in another jurisdiction.
Ricky Rainwater, 44, of the Fort Smith area was arrested Monday morning in Memphis as a fugitive from justice from a warrant issued in Sequoyah County on suspicion of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane on Monday said investigators believe Rainwater used the truck to drive to Cherokee County, where he robbed and killed his father, Larry Lane Sr.
Once extradited back to Oklahoma, Rainwater could face charges stemming from allegations of homicide, robbery, motor vehicle theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, Lane said.
Investigators believe Rainwater borrowed the truck in Vian after traveling there from the Fort Smith area, Lane said. He said Rainwater is a suspect in his father's death and the theft of his truck and credit card in the incident.
Lane said Cherokee County sheriff's deputies on Saturday afternoon told him his father was dead.
"Any time you get that news, it's bad, but as I was on the way there, they told me his truck was missing," he said.
Lane said Sequoyah County sheriff's investigators tracked Rainwater down by looking at his father's credit card records. He said Rainwater used the card several times in Oklahoma and Arkansas between the incident and his arrest.
Lane said officials told him around 9 a.m. Monday they had arrested Rainwater. He said his father's truck was found in West Memphis.
Rainwater on Monday afternoon was being held in the Shelby County Detention Center in Tennessee awaiting extradition to Oklahoma on his Sequoyah County charge. He will then be charged in Cherokee County, where the offenses are more serious, Lane said.
Though he was somber about his loss, Lane said he appreciated his staff's support after his father's death.
"They spent the whole day off working on this case," Lane said of his investigators. "They probably worked 30 hours straight."