Most Wanted man arrested after car chase, foot pursuit

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Burglary suspect runs 2 vehicles off road, captured following foot chase

One of the men on Barry County's Most Wanted list was captured on Thursday after a short pursuit and foot chase near Blessing Heights Baptist Church and Farm Road 1107.

Anthony Gennarelli, 39, of Ridgedale, is charged with theft, second-degree burglary and resisting arrest.

According to a probable cause report filed by Justin Fohn, with the Cassville Police Department, Gennarelli was reported to be at the Murphy USA in Cassville getting gas, driving a Ford pickup truck with a flatbed trailer.

While en route to the location, Fohn saw the vehicle traveling south on Highway 37 and attempted to pull Gennarelli over. Gennarelli allegedly failed to stop, turning east on Sale Barn Road and then south on farm Road 1107.

During that point in the pursuit, Gennarelli's truck allegedly met two vehicles, forcing them to pull partially into a ditch to avoid being struck, according to the report.

Gennarelli then pulled into the driveway of Blessing Heights Baptist Church, stopped at the end of the parking lot, then jumped out of the truck and began running southbound around the church building.

Turning around the building, Gennarelli then headed eastbound back toward Farm Road 1107 when Officer Taylor Lombard arrived at the scene and pursued Gennarelli through an open field, 
eventually catching and arresting him.

During a tow of the vehicle, Fohn said inside it he located a PowerAde bottle containing 28 orange-capped syringes and a rubber tourniquet, commonly used for intravenous methamphetamine use, he said. The items were inside a backpack in the back of the vehicle, and the vehicle was allegedly registered to another name.

Gennarelli had been on the Most Wanted list since late May, according to a probable cause report filed by Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office.

On Sept. 4, 2015, Gennarelli allegedly entered a home on Farm Road 1115 between the hours of 11:46 a.m. and 2:37 p.m. Reported stolen was a 60-inch flat screen TV, valued at $1,500, and a Memorex DVD player valued at $50. The items had not been recovered as of June 2.

Evenson said a sliding door at the home was broken, allowing entry, and Gennarelli had cut himself on the glass and began bleeding. When he turned on a light switch in the home, his blood was allegedly transferred and collected for evidence.

On May 26, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab provided Evenson a report indicating DNA from the blood sample matched Gennarelli.

Gennarelli is being held in the Barry County jail, facing the three charges in two separate cases.

For the theft and second-degree burglary, he has a bond of $20,000. A disposition hearing is scheduled for Nov. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

For the resisting arrest charge, he is being held on a $10,000 bond. A disposition hearing on that case is scheduled for the same date and time.

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