A day after police surrounded two homes in west Springfield searching for two murder suspects, one remains at large and the Springfield Police Department along with the U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help.
On Tuesday morning, U.S. Marshals received information that Ruth Blair (pictured above) and Nicholas Gibson, wanted in Tulsa, Oklahoma in connection with a murder this summer, were hiding in a home at 2628 West Chestnut Street. Police surrounded the home and spent hours calling for the duo to give themselves up, only to find that the suspects were not in the house, although the vehicle driven to Springfield the pair was taken into custody by police and the Marshal service.
While police were wrapping up the scene on West Chestnut Street, Springfield’s Special Response Team rushed past the media waiting area toward a location on North Hillcrest. It was then discovered that police had received a tip the suspects were inside a home at that address.
After a second standoff at the Hillcrest location, Springfield police officers took Blair into custody. However, Gibson was not at the location.
Police say that Gibson is armed and dangerous. He’s described as a 5’6″ white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He’s shown in photographs with a mustache and goatee but police say he’s shaved them off to avoid detection. He might be walking with a limp due to a recent injury to his left leg.
Anyone who sees Gibson is urged to avoid contact with him and to immediately call 911.