owasso police

Michael Joseph Paxton Sauter, left, and Wayne Aaron Hall

Owasso police arrested two men in possession of a large knife and a stolen vehicle Friday afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a report of suspicious individuals in a maroon Oldsmobile with a paper tag possibly trying to burglarize vehicles in the Cottages at Tallgrass Point Apartments parking lot.

The officer conducted an investigative stop and identified the two men as Michael Joseph Paxton Sauter, 30, of Nowata, the driver, and Wayne Aaron Hall, 38, homeless, the passenger.

As the officer was speaking with the suspects, he observed Sauter reach into the floorboard, where a large knife was visible. The officer then ordered the men out of the vehicle and secured them in handcuffs.

The officer also saw the ignition switch on the steering column had been damaged, and a records check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Tulsa.

Sauter was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle after being formerly convicted of a felony, and Hall was charged with joyriding.

The men were transported to the Tulsa County Jail, Sauter on bond of $4,000 and court date of Friday, June 14, and Hall on bond of $500 with a court date of Monday, June 10.