Missing man no sooner found than arrested on theft charge

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Nicholas Keith Clayton, 29, was arrested in Adel Wednesday on charges of interference with official acts, assault on peace officers and others, assault with intent to inflict serious injury and trespassing.


Mackenzie Smith Clayton, left, and Nick Clayton were found Wednesday afternoon after an intensive search by their family and friends. The couple was not heard from since Friday.

A Perry-area man who briefly went missing last week was arrested this week on a charge of third-degree theft.

Nicholas Keith Clayton, 29, of Woodward was arrested Friday on a Dallas County warrant in connection with an incident occurring March 12 involving the theft of items from a motor vehicle, according to court records.

Clayton and Mackenzie Smith Clayton became a cause for concern earlier this week when they turned up missing. The couple was had last been seen June 14 in Des Moines, and by June 18 Smith’s mother and their friends were worried by their absence and launched a search.

The pair’s whereabouts were determined by June 19, and the search concluded.

Clayton is being held at the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond in advance of his initial appearance, scheduled for July 1 in Dallas County District Court.

Clayton was convicted in May of first-degree harassment, and he was convicted in 2012 for assault-display/use of a weapon.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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