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Armed suspect caught after downtown chase

Police: Man stole two vehicles

February 1, 2008

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Police clean up after carjacking accident

Police crews sweep up debris on Massachusetts Street, following an accident that was the result of multiple carjackings Thursday night. Enlarge video

Police use taser in arrest of armed carjacking suspect

A man who led police on a chase from Leavenworth County that ended in downtown Lawrence is in custody at this hour. Here's new video from the scene near 10th and Massachusetts from just after 9 tonight, shot by Bart Vandever. Enlarge video

KCK man arrested in downtown carjacking

What started as a police chase leads to a carjacking and multiple traffic accidents in the area of downtown Lawrence. Enlarge video

An armed Kansas City, Kan., man who left a trail of wreckage in Lawrence Thursday following an hourlong police chase, was tased and taken into custody.

The man had a semi-automatic pistol, Lawrence Police Sgt. Damon Thomas said.

Police revealed few other details about the suspect, except that he was born in 1984.

Thomas said a van had been reported stolen in Lawrence earlier in the evening and wound up in Leavenworth County soon after. Leavenworth County Sheriff's deputies discovered the stolen van about 9 p.m., when the chase began.

The van was reportedly driving at speeds up to 90 mph.

Leavenworth County deputies chased the suspect back into North Lawrence.

Thomas said the suspect hit the first vehicle in Lawrence at the intersection of 19th and Massachusetts streets. He then carjacked a person's Toyota Highlander in the Dairy Queen parking lot at 1835 Mass.

The suspect continued driving toward downtown and hit a car at 11th and Vermont and another one at 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Gene Nutt, 36-year-old owner of Game Nut Entertainment, witnessed the man speeding down Massachusetts Street swerving right to left, hitting cars like "ping-pong," he said. Nutt had parked his car in front of Rudy's Pizzeria, 704 Mass., to go to the Granada. He was crossing Massachusetts Street when the suspect began "flying through" downtown, Nutt said. He was nearly hit, but because he heard the suspect crash into another vehicle he ran out of the way.

"We didn't get hit, fortunately," Nutt said.

The Kansas City man crashed the Highlander into a white Mazda in front of the Granada, which disabled the Highlander.

Cordell Mumford and Alicia Lopez were in the Mazda when it was hit. Mumford, 22, said he was driving southbound on Massachusetts Street when the Toyota careened into the southbound lane, driving the wrong way, from 11th Street. Mumford swerved into the northbound lane to avoid the vehicle, which slammed into the front passenger side of the Mazda.

"Basically, we were driving and saw the vehicle swerve," Mumford said. "We didn't know what was going on. We were just out."

After hitting the Mazda, the suspect ran out of the Toyota toward 10th Street.

"I went chasing him, but he turned around with a gun," Nutt said.

Immediately following, Nutt said he heard gunshots.

"I heard pop, pop, pop," he said.

Another witness said the suspect was pacing down 10th Street, with a pistol to his own head.

"He was pacing, thinking about doing it," said Mike Chanthavongsa, who watched the scene unfold outside his restaurant, Indo.

Police quickly surrounded the suspect. A Kansas Highway Patrol officer tased the suspect in the back.

The suspect was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for evaluation, Thomas said.

There were no injuries during the incident.

Staff writer Alex Parker contributed to this report.

Comments

The_Voice_of_Reason 6 years, 11 months ago

Guess he was lost... let him know last call was one block over.... Glad to hear no one was hurt though...

50YearResident 6 years, 11 months ago

Is this the beginning of the "KC Crime Wave" coming to Lawrence?

akt2 6 years, 11 months ago

Maybe if we start sending them back to KC in body bags, they will quit coming to town for their illegal activity.

acg 6 years, 11 months ago

I had exactly the same though akt2. Maybe that makes me mean and jaded, but I was thinking why waste the electricity from a taze on him when a bullet only costs $ .22.

justtired 6 years, 11 months ago

dolly--why treat him with care--he didn't care about the people downtown.

LAWnative 6 years, 11 months ago

Why can't Lawrence go back to how it used to be...small town with no clubs!

staff04 6 years, 11 months ago

There's those good Christian values from Dolly again...

What a loser...

stuckinlawrence 6 years, 11 months ago

Because he was at the intersection of 19th & Mass & the Toyota Highlander was convenient. Thank goodness the lady who was carjacked in DQ's parking lot got out safely.

lawrencegrl 6 years, 11 months ago

Didn't the car chase last year start near the Dairy Queen?

BigPrune 6 years, 11 months ago

Why would someone park at Rudy's Pizzeria 4 blocks away from the Granasty, and why would someone cross the street when the Granasty is on the same side of the street? Who walks that far when it is subzero?

mom_of_three 6 years, 11 months ago

I wondered what was going on last night when I passed by that section of town

pomegranate 6 years, 11 months ago

staff04, sometimes you can't take the words you read as literal. Can you not see that Dolly's comment appeared to be dripping with sarcasm?

nekansan 6 years, 11 months ago

I all truth though, it sounds like the taser saved at least on life last night. This is why these tools are so critical for law enforcement.

Bob Forer 6 years, 11 months ago

While the Lawrence Police Department has had a less than stellar reputation in recent years, credit should be given where credit is due. Lawrence police did not make the decision to initiate the chasse; it was started by the Kansas Highway Patrol and obviously consistent with their internal policies on vehicle pursuit. This wasn't about a couple of kids running a few red lights and then refusing to stop for a citation. It was auto theft, which turned into a armed car jacking once the chase hit Lawrence.

Granted, the critics of the Lawrence Police Department pursuit policy (or lack thereof) had a very valid point last year when a young Kansas City Asian man being pursued struck the vehicle of an innocent driver near 32 nd and Iowa, killing the woman. Up until the tine of the accident, the only laws that had been broken were traffic.

This case, obviously, is a different story. It involved two feloniesauto theft and aggravated robberyincluding a violent crime against persons. I think all law enforcement agencies who participated in the capture of this demented and dangerous criminal should be commended for their good work.

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 11 months ago

forget tasers... I want Sam with his sack of salt...

Confrontation 6 years, 11 months ago

"Another witness said the suspect was pacing down 10th Street, with a pistol to his own head.

"He was pacing, thinking about doing it," said Mike Chanthavongsa, who watched the scene unfold outside his restaurant, Indo."

He should've done more than just "thought" about it. Seriously, there would have been no loss.

blessed3x 6 years, 11 months ago

Reality Check, so if this guy would have shot somebody and stole their car while the LPD was waiting for the KC helo to warm up, who would you have blamed?

Injuries and deaths resulting from high speed chases are terrible, but SOMETIMES the chase is necessary. After all, if we show criminals that all they have to do is put the pedal to the metal and they'll be free, they will always have the upper hand.

Lawrenceguy...would you have placed a truck blocking every road this fool could have turned down? That's a lot of trucks to mobilize. Nice idea, now join the rest of us in the real world. Shoot, the comment about the Apache gunship made more sense than your idea.

Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years, 11 months ago

This guy was chased from Leavenworth county to Lawrence in an hour long chase. Why, during that hour, did no one think of placing three gritting trucks across North 2nd? He was allowed to just drive into town!

1) How did they know that his plan was to drive to Lawrence? 2) Where do they get three gritting(?) trucks and drivers at a moment's notice at 1am? 3) If gritting trucks are blocking the road, how will the other cars get past to avoid the chase?

rcr 6 years, 11 months ago

Why is everyone assuming this idiot was from KC? According to the LJW story, this started out as a stolen van here in Lawrence. The fact that the idiot came back here would make me think that maybe he was from here.

onceinawhile 6 years, 11 months ago

Why is everyone blaming the "club scene" for this incident? If you read the article, you see that the man hit a car in front of the Granada, but he wasn't AT the Granada or on his way there.

oldtimer39 6 years, 11 months ago

I think instead of second guessing LPD, we should be commending them for tasing the kid. If this had happened in a big city, cops would have shot him dead as soon as they saw him waving a gun around. He's troubled and needs help but doesn't deserve to die.

fu7il3 6 years, 11 months ago

He was on his way to the Last Call, he just wanted to find a liquor store first since they lost their license.

I don't see how the police could have handled this any better. An armed, dangerous person was arrested and there were no injuries.

If it hadn't been for the taser, he probably would have ended up shot, maybe shooting someone else in the process.

lounger 6 years, 11 months ago

Yet ANOTHER KCK thug messing up our streets. Please stay away from Lawrence if you are a hater and you are going to cause problems. Lawrence is a great town. The people of Lawrence are great people....I can't say as much for the surrounding towns of KCK and Topeka. Loads of crime and several homicides have come from our "neighbors" in recent years. It would be a much calmer town if our "neighbors would stay home!

Jeremy 6 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like this could easily have gone in a different direction - for the worse!

Hope the thief gets the help he needs and realizes if he was just about anywhere else he'd be pushing up daisies and the officers' lives who were forced to shoot him would have been forever changed. Great Job!!!

Staci Dark Simpson 6 years, 11 months ago

Whats up with all the thugs coming to Lawrence? THey need to stay home and play guns with each other. I would like to taser this loser! Can that be part of his punishment? Every owner of the cars he hit get to push the button? The person who was carjacked should get 2 taser button pushes.

Keith 6 years, 11 months ago

Apache helicopter my a$$, LPD needs Predator drones, they get the job done.

KURocks 6 years, 11 months ago

Hey consumer: Don't drink a 12pack before you post a comment!!!

vinividivici 6 years, 11 months ago

Hey KURocks: Consumer was attempting to write how an "armchair quarterback" sounds.

I found his comment hilarious and appropriate.

What is it with some of you guys' inability to read into sarcastic of fasicious comments? They're what keep me coming back!

Sharon Roullins 6 years, 11 months ago

Now I know this is off the subject but I have finally come to realize why me and my family haven't been exactly welcomed to Lawrence ---- it wasn't because of our skin color, it was because we're from KCK! And all this time I thought a thug, law breaker, transient, etc could come from any walk of life. After reading the story again, I don't think this guy was coming up here to party at a club. Sounds as if he was trying to make a quick buck. I am thankful that no one was hurt though because it could have ended a lot worse. Thankfully, God spared us while we were in the same area this started out in.

ForwardThinker 6 years, 11 months ago

Onceinawhile, I agree. Can't blane this one on the clubs. I wish they would just shut down the downtown area, all this crime is just making me sick! :>)

ForwardThinker 6 years, 11 months ago

LAWnative, I don't really think getting rid of the clubs would make Lawrence a small town again, nor would it change the incidence of crime.

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