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Forum staff and wire reports, Published October 21 2013

Indiana slaying suspect arrested in Hawley

HAWLEY, Minn. – A man who led police here on a high-speed chase early Saturday is the only suspect in the strangulation and bludgeoning deaths of his parents.

According to court documents, a Hawley officer saw 34-year-old Thomas Snow speeding through town on Highway 10 about 3:30 a.m. and tried to stop the vehicle.

After a high-speed chase that ended on Highway 9, Snow was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and driving while intoxicated, court documents said.

In Indiana, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Snow was tracked to Minnesota through his cellphone and the use of his parents’ credit card.

A warrant was issued Friday for Snow’s arrest after his parents were found dead in their Lowell, Ind., home. Lowell is about 20 miles south of Gary in northwestern Indiana.

The Post-Tribune in Gary reported that it is not known how long Joyce and Clifford Snow were dead before they were found.

At one point, Snow told the Hawley police officer there was an invisible man with him in the car named “Jack the Ripper,” court documents stated. Snow admitted to smoking crack cocaine and told the officer he had not slept in two weeks, according to the criminal complaint filed in Clay County District Court. Snow also said he was hearing voices.

According to Indiana court records, Snow has a long criminal history that includes charges of battery, domestic battery, strangulation, burglary and theft.

Buncich said during a news conference Monday that authorities in neighboring Newton County also want Snow in connection with a service station robbery Thursday.

Clay County District Court records state Snow has an active warrant out for his arrest on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Snow waived extradition back to Indiana during a court hearing Monday in Clay County District Court.