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Archive for Wednesday, April 19, 1995

JEFFERSON COUNTY MANHUNT

April 19, 1995

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If you call them, they will come.

Jefferson County Sheriff Roy Dunnaway proved that Tuesday afternoon when he asked for additional manpower to help search for three men who had fled from deputies in the southeast part of the county.

The men, who were driving a pickup truck that was reported stolen from Topeka, were wanted for questioning in connection with a reported residential burglary southwest of McLouth.

The call for help went out about 2 p.m., minutes after the suspects attempted to ram one of two deputies on Wellman Road, about six miles north of U.S. Highway 24-40.

Within minutes, help was on the way. Officers from the McLouth Police Department, the Douglas and Leavenworth County sheriff's departments, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Highway Patrol all responded to the call. A Jefferson County ambulance even showed up in case medical assistance was needed.

The officers, some carrying shotguns, cordoned off a one-square-mile area northeast of the Sarcoxie Township Fire Station. With the perimeter sealed, a KHP tracking dog and his handler began a ground search. A KHP plane circled the area, watching for movement in the wooded, hilly area.

Shortly after 5 p.m., all three suspects were in custody and on their way to the Jefferson County Jail.

They were identified as Ronald J. Shotts, 23, Robert R. Baker, 38, and Earl T. Kuhn III, 32, all of Topeka. Each was booked into jail in connection with theft, criminal damage to property, attempted aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, leaving the scene of an accident and attempting to flee and elude.

A sheriff's department spokeswoman said all three remained in custody this morning awaiting their first court appearances.

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