Home invasion, assault suspect arrested just days before alleged violent spree

Rodney Joe Green (Source: Butler County SO)
Rodney Joe Green (Source: Butler County SO)
(Source: Butler County SO)
(Source: Butler County SO)
(Source: Butler County SO)(Source: Butler County SO)
(Source: Butler County SO)(Source: Butler County SO)
The 2005 Dodge Neon Green was driving ran off the road, struck a culvert, hit a tree, and a utility pole and overturned.
The 2005 Dodge Neon Green was driving ran off the road, struck a culvert, hit a tree, and a utility pole and overturned.

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - The man accused of home invasion and assault in Butler County and leading police on a chase before crashing, has a history of crime.

On Jan. 28, officers arrested Green for allegedly tampering with a motor vehicle in Stoddard County. That's a felony charge.

According to prosecuting attorney Russ Oliver, Green was cutting parts off cars.

Green posted his bond to get out of that jail just hours before he allegedly began his violent spree in Butler County.

Before that he spent time behind bars in Texas where Butler County authorities say he is a registered sex offender.

A victim speaks out after Butler County man who had been running from the law was captured Sunday morning after an overnight police chase and car crash.

The suspect Rodney Joe Green appeared in court Monday for an arraignment where he requested a public defender. His next court date is Feb. 25 at 9 a.m.

Green had been on the run since early Friday morning when he allegedly fired a shot through the door of a home, injuring two people.

According to the probable cause statement, Green parked his 1993 Chevy truck on County Road 569 about an eighth of a mile away from a home around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 1. He walked to the home and knocked on the door. A woman answered and Green told her his truck broke down, he had his children with him, and he needed to use a phone. When the woman opened the door enough to pass a phone through the door, she saw Green had a rifle. She tried to close the door as Green tried to push it open. That when her husband helped push the door closed.

Once the door was shut, Green fired three shots through the door hitting the man in the leg, the woman in the hand and third shot went through the floor and into the basement, according to the probable cause statement.

Green demanded keys to their vehicle. The woman gave the keys to him.

Police say Green took their vehicle and drove to a different home in Fisk where he assaulted Tom Parson and stole another truck. Parson says Green showed up at his home early Friday saying he had car trouble .

"I've known him for years and I knew he was crazy but I didn't see that coming," said Parson.

Parson says he realized Green was on the run when Heartland News came on at 4:30 a.m.

"The first thing on the screen was him," said Parson. "We fought for about an hour. He's in his 30s I'm in my 60s. Eventually he got the best of me."

Parson says Green tied him up and left in Parson's Gold F150.

"He came back in looking for money," said Parson. "In my opinion he was high. I hope they lock him up and throw away the key."

Parson's truck was eventually found by Sheriff Mark Dobbs Monday evening a few miles from the home of Green's alleged third victim.

That incident allegedly happened late Saturday night, according to law enforcement. According to the sheriff's office, Green broke into the home of a woman on Route W. Authorities say Green told her he had a gun and tied her up. Apparently the object was actually a pipe. According to authorities, he left that home in the victim's red Neon. Authorities tell Heartland News the victim shot at Green several times as he drove away.

Eventually officers caught up with him late that night.

"Missouri State Highway Patrol officer passed him on T Highway, turned around, got behind him and a small chase ensued," said Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs. "He had something lodged in his eye socket, so there were some things that had to be done so he was fit for confinement. And, after that he was booked into the Butler County Jail."

A Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report states that just after midnight, Green was being pursued by Highway Patrol. The report states Green was wanted for questioning in connection with a home invasion.

According to the report, the crash happened three miles east of Poplar Bluff on Route AA. The 2005 Dodge Neon Green was driving ran off the road, struck a culvert, hit a tree, and a utility pole and overturned. Sheriff Dobbs says a small fire broke out on the vehicle.

Green sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was taken by ambulance to a Poplar Bluff hospital for treatment.

Troopers say he is now in the custody of the Butler County Sheriff's Department. Dobbs says he was taken to the Butler County Jail with no bond.

Dobbs says that in cases like this, the suspect doesn't travel too far from an area they know. He adds, it's important to find the suspect quickly.

"Anytime that you have these type of circumstances, these kind of situations, you want to see them brought to a close as quick as you can so your citizens are not victimized-or living in fear for that matter," said Dobbs.

Green is now charged with sexual assault along with numerous other charges associated with his alleged actions over the last several days.

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