Earlier forced driver at knife point for ride
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A man wanted in Van Zandt County for a 2009 murder was picked up by a Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy, as he walked along the roadway near Payne Springs Jan. 10.
While Deputy Brad Beddingfield investigated the lone pedestrian walking in poor weather, a crime victim was talking to county dispatch about the very same man.
Wilhelm Edgar Ostrom, 40, of Hawkins was charged with aggravated kidnapping, robbery and a host of other charges. That’s when the deputy discovered that Ostrom was also wanted for bond forfeiture for failing to appear for his murder trial.
The murder charge dates back to October 2009, when he was arrested for the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Jonathan Shipman, following an argument the two men had.
Shipman, a Tyler resident, was stabbed multiple times and the throat of Shelly Rackow was also cut.
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. Rackow 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 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.
HCSO 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 knife point 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. Ostrom was charged in connection with the Log Cabin incident. He is being held in the Henderson County jail with bonds totaling $615,000 on eight charges.