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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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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

5 years, 2 months ago

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

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

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

leapinlemur 5 years, 2 months ago

Dang -- I was hoping no one would catch on to the pattern! I guess there's no point in taking my turn at it next week like I had planned. I was going to start a good old fashioned chase on horseback through the countryside.

pooter 5 years, 2 months ago

A really good chase ends with a multiple tasing.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

Every day is a new adventure in Douglas County.

BruceWayne 5 years, 2 months ago

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

yankeevet 5 years, 2 months ago

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

somedude20 5 years, 2 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

Stuart Evans 5 years, 2 months ago

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

Richard Payton 5 years, 2 months ago

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

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

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

It is about that time of year, you know.

riverdrifter 5 years, 2 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

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 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!"

somebodynew 5 years, 2 months ago

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

RoeDapple 5 years, 2 months ago

Ssshhhuuusssshhhh..... iz the coast clear? Damm, take a day to go noodlin sum dem fine Topeeker down river flatheads an we gotsa run forty-leven diffrent ways to git away frum the men in black an there heliochopters. innybody seen earl-bob?

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 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.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

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

thepianoman 5 years, 2 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 ......

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 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'!

beefy1 5 years, 2 months ago

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

Ceallach 5 years, 2 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.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 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?

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

Was the Topeka Zoo's missing bobcat involved?

heyheymama 5 years, 2 months ago

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

puddleglum 5 years, 2 months ago

whu-whu what happened? article is too confusing

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