05 28 2015

Murder Suspect On Run For Four Years Caught

CANEY CITY—A man on the run since 2009 for a murder committed in Van Zandt County is now in custody in Henderson County.
When a Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Wilhelm Edgar Ostrom, 40, of Hawkins last Thursday in connection with a reported robbery kidnapping that occurred earlier that night in Log Cabin, the deputy discovered that Ostrom was also wanted in connection with a 2009 Van Zandt County murder, in which he bonded out, but never appeared for trial.
Ostrom’s charges dating back to October 2009 included his arrest for the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Jonathan Shipman, following an argument.
When Ostrom and Jonathan Shipman, a Tyler resident, got into an argument Ostrom stabbed Shipman multiple times then cut the throat of Shelly Rackow and left them to die.
Authorities working a traffic accident on Van Zandt County Road 4907 found the man and woman with knife wounds. They were rushed for medical treatment in Tyler, where Shipman later died. Rackrow survived.
Authorities arrested Ostrom at a residence later that night. He was subsequently indicted by a Van Zandt County Grand Jury and released on bond.
Then on the night of Jan. 10 Deputy Brad Beddingfield saw Ostrom walking on State Highway 198 between Caney City and Payne Springs. The deputy, thinking it was a bit unusual to see someone walking alone at night on a cold evening, stopped to talk to the man.
Beddingfield asked Ostrom for identification, but was given false information. The deputy then found that the man was carrying a large knife with a built-in set of brass knuckles in the handle, which is prohibited under state law.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports that while Beddingfield was talking with Ostrom, the sheriff’s office received a call from a man in Log Cabin who said he had been kidnapped and robbed.
The caller’s description of the offender matched Ostrom. According to the victim, he had been driving in Log Cabin and saw a man he thought he recognized walking near the street.
The driver pulled over and was going to offer a ride, but realized he did not know the person. The stranger got in and at knifepoint told the driver to take him to the Purtis Creek area on Farm-to-Market Road 316.
After a few minutes, the offender told the driver that he needed to use the phone. The driver gave him his cell phone, and the man got out of the car to get a better signal. That gave the driver a chance to speed away.
The driver then contacted HCSO and described the assailant’s knife, which matched the one Ostrom was carrying when Beddingfield stopped him.
Ostrom was charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery in connection with the Log Cabin incident. He is being held in the Henderson County jail with bonds totaling $615,000 on eight charges.


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