The Conway Police Department has released information indicating that the identity and photo released on Feb. 5 of a Kansas suspect in a forgery and fleeing incident in Conway was incorrect.
The information released on Wednesday states that police are looking for 23-year-old Ashley C. Clary, of Wichita, Kan., and not a 19-year-old Wichita woman as was indicated by CPD on Feb. 5.
Clary, Conway police now know, had accumulated a criminal history including both forgery and a high-speed chase before allegedly adding to this criminal resumé with a Feb. 4 incident in Conway.
In this incident, a female suspect police believe to have been Clary walked out of a local Walmart after a checkout clerk started asking questions about a high-dollar purchase using checks issued to someone other than the suspect. The suspect left a wallet and a picture ID issued to the 19-year-old Wichita woman at the checkout counter, and local police initially found no reason to believe that she wasn’t the person pictured on the ID.
When an officer in the Walmart parking lot attempted to effect a traffic stop, the female suspect driving the vehicle, which police believe was stolen, drove south on Harkrider Street at a high rate of speed after one of the vehicle’s tires was deflated by a spike strip placed in its path by an officer waiting in anticipation of a chase.
Officers in pursuit backed off when the pursuit was deemed too dangerous to continue by CPD officers coordinating the chase. The vehicle was found near Mayflower, but the female suspect and a passenger identified as Tyson Elvin Cundiff, also 23, fled on foot and were not located.
Harris said that given the quality of the Walmart security camera footage and a resemblance between the 19-year-old and Clary — both blonde with similar facial features — the assumption by local law enforcement that the 19-year-old was the one sought by police was "an honest mistake" resulting from the actions of a suspect intending to deceive authorities.
Information released by CPD indicates that the name of the 19-year-old is one of several aliases Clary has been known to use — she has also been known to present herself as Ashley Calhoun Davis and Julia Rita Vulgamore.
She is wanted out of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kan., for forgery and identity theft warrants, as well as for violating the conditions of a probation set for forgery and fleeing charges.
According to information included on a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) advisory sent to CPD, Clary was arrested after a high-speed pursuit in Newton, Kan.
"In that incident it was reported (that) Clary led Police on a high speed pursuit reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour and eluded multiple roadblocks," the BOLO states. "The pursuit ended when Clary lost control of the vehicle. Clary and an unknown male fled the scene but Clary was apprehended later with the help of a K9 track. The male suspect was not caught. The vehicle Clary was driving was reportedly stolen, had stolen tags and they were writing forged checks at a Walmart store prior to the pursuit."
The BOLO also states that Clary and/or Cundiff are suspected or known to have passed fraudulent checks at Walmart (described in the BOLO as a "possible store of choice"), Dillon’s (a variation of Kroger), Family Dollar, Auto Zone, Kohl’s, Belk, Staples, Hastings, JC Penney, Gordman’s, Burlington and Claire’s.
Clary has tattoos including the name "Gage" on her ankle and the name "Tyson" on her right arm.
Cundiff is believed by authorities to be in possession of a handgun and brass knuckles and should be considered dangerous, according to Harris.