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Day 18 Of “Catch 22” Focuses On A Man Wanted For Multiple Car Thefts In Prescott

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It’s Day 18 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ “Catch 22” program. Today we feature the search for 35-year-old Ryan Sydney Wheat. On August 6th, 2019, Wheat was stopped by a Prescott Police officer while driving a stolen vehicle. As the officer was at Wheat’s window, Wheat fled in his vehicle placing the officer in danger as his arm was inside the window attempting to pull Wheat out. That same day, during another attempt to steal a car in the Prescott area, the victim tried to get Wheat out of his car and Wheat assaulted him by punching him multiple times. Wheat fled the scene without the vehicle and later stole a second vehicle in Prescott. Officers again tried to stop Wheat and he fled yet another time. This time, Wheat fled at speeds of approximately 90 miles-per-hour and ran a red light. Wheat is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is a white male, five-feet-eight inches tall with green eyes and brown hair. He is wanted for two counts of auto theft, unlawful flight from law enforcement, aggravated assault and criminal damage. Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to his arrest. If anyone knows his whereabouts, contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip online at yavapaisw.com.