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Officers apprehend suspect after pursuit down Kansas River

Officers catch suspect after 3-hour pursuit in and along Kaw

Officials with the Jefferson County sheriff's department and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks participated in a search Wednesday for a suspect on the Kansas River. The man was apprehended about 12:30 p.m., and was taken into custody by Shawnee County sheriff's officers.

Officials with the Jefferson County sheriff's department and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks participated in a search Wednesday for a suspect on the Kansas River. The man was apprehended about 12:30 p.m., and was taken into custody by Shawnee County sheriff's officers.

May 5, 2010, 12:22 p.m. Updated May 5, 2010, 1:04 p.m.

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Where the chase began
One apprehended after chase down river

A man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase down the Kansas River was apprehended Wednesday afternoon. The chase originally began in Topeka. Enlarge video

A man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase down the Kansas River has been apprehended.

Officers spent close to three hours Wednesday morning following the man along and in the Kansas River, using helicopters and boats.

The chase began before 10 a.m. in Topeka, and about 12:30 p.m., Shawnee County sheriff’s officers had the man in custody. A Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks official, who had been part of the search on the river, said the man was caught about a mile east of the electrical generating plant near Tecumseh.

“We knew where he was held up at; we just needed to get access to him,” said Ryan Smidt with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. “Every time they tried getting to him, he jumped into the water.”

Jefferson County sheriff and Wildlife and Parks officers also launched an air boat from the Kansas River bridge in Lecompton. That’s close to the location where the man was captured.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies return to the Kansas River boat ramp at Lecompton after officers spent close to three hours Wednesday morning in a successful pursuit of a suspect along and in the Kansas River, using helicopters and boats.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies return to the Kansas River boat ramp at Lecompton after officers spent close to three hours Wednesday morning in a successful pursuit of a suspect along and in the Kansas River, using helicopters and boats.

Authorities said the suspect stopped on a sandbar, allowing sheriff’s deputies to drop from a helicopter and apprehend him.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Lt. John Ostenson said officers were called at 9 a.m. to reports of suspicious burning at a boat ramp at Northeast Seward Avenue and Goodell Road in Topeka. At the scene, they found a person in the middle of the Kansas River who they believed was in distress.

Officers began a rescue operation with dive teams and helicopter support, but the suspect eventually got out of the river on his own and led police on a chase, jumping in and out of the river multiple times.

The Shawnee County sheriff’s department arrested the suspect who was on the run and a man who was also believed to be involved in suspicious burning.

Authorities say the suspects were allegedly burning insulation of stolen copper wiring.

The suspects are identified as Eric Nathaniel Jim and Roy Hector Wahquahboshkuk, both of Mayetta.

Smidt said about Wahquahboshkuk, who allegedly initiated the pursuit, “When we got him, he was compliant, no problems whatsoever.”

Smidt added that Wahquahboshkuk was wet and muddy but uninjured. He declined medical treatment.

Comments

lounger 3 years, 11 months ago

Hawaii five O river style....

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tomatogrower 3 years, 11 months ago

What! No new police chase today?

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puddleglum 3 years, 11 months ago

whu-whu what happened? article is too confusing

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heyheymama 3 years, 11 months ago

What was the crime? And who was the injured party?

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 11 months ago

Was the Topeka Zoo's missing bobcat involved?

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

Authorities said the suspect stopped on a sandbar, allowing sheriff’s deputies to drop from a helicopter and apprehend him.

---"drop from a helicopter" ... was there action movie theme music playing in the background?

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Ceallach 3 years, 11 months ago

Good thing we are not in a budget crisis. Wonder how much money was spent to catch someone who was burning insulation off of copper wire. *I think this little word may have been left out of the sentence.

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beefy1 3 years, 11 months ago

Look at the map again batman it did start in Topeka.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm not that far behind the pack.

... don't drink water from the river down river from the herd! [cowboy wisdom]

and, don't crouch down when you have spurs on your boots neither.


either its satire, or Swandiver had somethin besides coffee beans in that grinder this mornin'!

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

what you tauking bout swan diver? Is there a source for more info? Momma say burnin off romex is the work of da debil.

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thepianoman 3 years, 11 months ago

Where is Bobby Boo-shay, Miss. Vicky and Momma?? Figured they be the ones riding that water boat contraption...lol....it's all a reference to Water Boy ......

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swan_diver 3 years, 11 months ago

WTF??!! Two Native Americans with a little 12-gauge Romex, trying to prepare it for sale, so they could buy a fifth of whiskey? Suspicious burning? This story is a wholesale load of bulls&%t from your local whites-only 'newspaper.' More evidence as to why Kansas is a laughing-stock of the nation.

All you graveyard shiftless and retiree posters here need to get a life.

I'm not that far behind the pack.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

the way he wuz runin, I bet url-bob is in raytowwn by now.

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

you boys best not tauk boutit here.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

VERY confused...says chase started in Topeka, map shows it started in Lawrence? care to explain?

---picky picky picky! what do you want for your maps Bruce?


Roe, Earl-Bob wen runnin passt here yellin' somethin about black helichoppters and alins. I dunno wat they wuz burnin in that suspicius burnin but Earl-Bob was upwind of it and got a snortful of it, ain bin the same since!

I say it were jimsin weed.

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somebodynew 3 years, 11 months ago

Autie - I think Roe was right a couple of days ago. There has to be a cuzin reunion around here somewhere !!!

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

Shawnee County Sheriff's Lt. John Ostenson said officers were called at 9 a.m. to reports of suspicious burning at a boat ramp at Northeast Seward Avenue

---suspicious burning? isn't that what preparation H is for?

I thank callin this guy a cuzin is a compelment, dumba$$.

Boston: no indication that he is homeless, or actually a woman. ... yet.
you got a great idea though: we need to organize an annual event: "swim the Kaw, in the raw!"

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Bad technique by me, I guess. What I tried to post is something to the effect that Jeffrey Energy Center is northwest of St Marys and nowhere near the river (and certainly not in running distance of Seward Ave), but Tecumseh Energy Center is downstream a bit, and likely the spot. In any event, the most capable staff has seen through my flawed effort and nailed the point. Thanks!

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

we need a picture of the perp...or better yet, post up the woman from the other chase scene...they are probably twins.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 11 months ago

Is it still illegal to swim across the river in the nude?

It is about that time of year, you know.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 11 months ago

With that funky, junky airboat, no wonder it took them so long to catch him! My old Diamondback would run circles around that thing. http://www.diamondbackairboats.com/airboats/bowfishing/bow_2.htm

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

< Jeffrey Energy Center > = No. Not near the river, not downstream from Topeka. TECUMSEH Energy Center .... hmmm, perhaps that's the one.

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Richard Payton 3 years, 11 months ago

Had they been drinking the water the defense my have suggested the insanity plea.

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Stuart Evans 3 years, 11 months ago

I fully expect an airplane or train chase in the near future

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

That water may well be worse than the Gulf of Mexico right now. That dude should be left go for time served as being in that water will take 20-1000 years off of your life

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yankeevet 3 years, 11 months ago

Another hillbilly caught on the Kansas river.........

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 11 months ago

So, how exactly, did the guy break the law? It sounds to me like a waste of time and money, chasing someone who has done nothing. Or did the pigs just have nothing better to do? If that's the case then maybe there are just a few too many pigs on the taxpayers dime.

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ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 11 months ago

Harrison Ford from "The Fugitive" perhaps?

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BruceWayne 3 years, 11 months ago

VERY confused...says chase started in Topeka, map shows it started in Lawrence? care to explain?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Every day is a new adventure in Douglas County.

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

It must be "if your a couzin, run!" month. wonder what he was runnin from....or for...or after. All we knowed is he was a runnin....and jumpin in...and jumpin out. swimmin, dippin an diving.....but they got him thank God.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 11 months ago

I sense a grammar argument coming on.

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pooter 3 years, 11 months ago

A really good chase ends with a multiple tasing.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 11 months ago

Good Grief!!! Is there some kind of challenge going on? Go to Douglas county and see if the cops can catch you?

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Diana Lee 3 years, 11 months ago

Is the suspect in custody now? I wasn't quite clear from this article. Thanks!

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