Archive for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Assault rifle, more than 1,300 rounds of ammo found in arrestee’s car after pursuit in Lawrence

February 14, 2018, 12:20 p.m. Updated February 14, 2018, 5:24 p.m.


After a car chase in Lawrence, deputies arrested the driver and found drugs, an assault rifle and more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition in his car, law enforcement authorities said.

The driver, 26-year-old Vince E. Wyatt of Kansas City, Kan., was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault, eluding law enforcement, distribution of narcotics and possession of a firearm by a felon, Sgt. Kristen Channel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in an email to the Journal-World.

According to Channel:

The incident began about 1 a.m. Wednesday, when a sheriff’s deputy stopped the car for a traffic violation near 26th and Iowa streets.

The deputy spotted an AR-15 rifle in the front of the vehicle near the driver, who was the only person in the car. The deputy called for backup but when additional units arrived, the driver took off.

During an approximately 5-minute pursuit, the suspect drove through several parking lots, hitting a parked vehicle and nearly striking a pedestrian. A deputy performed a tactical vehicle intervention — which Channel described as using “controlled vehicle contact” to disrupt the suspect’s path of travel, often called a PIT maneuver — and successfully stopped the car near 31st Street and Ousdahl Road.

Wyatt was taken into custody, and a search of the car revealed not only the AR-15 the deputy spotted earlier, but also more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition plus methamphetamine and marijuana, Channel said.

No one was hurt in the incident, she said.

An AR-15 rifle is a military-style semi-automatic weapon.

Wyatt made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court Wednesday, via video from the jail. Judge James George set his bond at $25,000 and appointed attorney Charles Whitman to represent him.

Wyatt is charged with one count of aggravated assault for allegedly placing someone in threat of harm with his vehicle; one count of fleeing law enforcement; and one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, all felonies, according to charges read in court. He also was charged with six misdemeanor and traffic infractions.

Vince E. Wyatt

Vince E. Wyatt

He was not charged on Wednesday with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

That is subject to a full review of his criminal history, Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to DA Charles Branson, said in an email. She said not all felony convictions count for the crime of felon in possession of a firearm, and that factors may include how long ago the prior crimes were committed or whether they involved guns.

Wyatt currently is on parole, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. His previous convictions include multiple felony burglaries in Leavenworth County, according to KDOC.

A search of his name reveals no prior criminal cases in Douglas County.

Topeka television station KSNT reported that one of its producers happened to be in the area at the time the chase ended, and captured the arrest on video.

The video shared by KSNT shows the car’s driver following law enforcement officers’ commands to get out with his hands up and get on the ground, where he is handcuffed. The video shows another officer removing a long gun from the passenger side of the car.

Alicia Rogers KSNT: Video of arrest near 31st Street and Ousdahl Road
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Justin Hoffman 3 months, 1 week ago

You mean he was not supposed to legally possess a firearm but he did anyway? How dare he.

Bud Stagg 3 months, 1 week ago

I'm sure he never took his gun into one of those stores with the little signs on the door, THAT would be illegal.

Tom Thomson 3 months, 1 week ago

"Assault rifle"? :rolleyes: I guess that gets you more views for your article...

Laura Engels 3 months, 1 week ago

Tom, it was an AR-15, per KSNT. If you go look up "Alicia Rogers KSNT" on Facebook, she has a video of the arrest.

Tom Thomson 3 months, 1 week ago

Ok....? The AR in AR-15 does not stand for assault rifle. It stands for Armalite Rifle.

Tom Thomson 3 months, 1 week ago

And the KSNT article was much better worded

"they noticed an AR-15 rifle in the front of the vehicle."

Laura Engels 3 months, 1 week ago

Tom, I wasn't agreeing or disagreeing with you - just adding that there was a more detailed description of what the gun was and a video from KSNT.

I know what AR means. But, thanks for trying.

Richard Neuschafer 3 months, 1 week ago

Tom will defend ANY type of gun. Gun nuts are just that way.

Mike Riner 3 months, 1 week ago

Laura, an AR-15 is not an assault rifle. It just resembles an M-16 which IS an assault rifle.

Ginny Hedges 3 months, 1 week ago

Who cares what type of gun it is - he had 1300 rounds of ammunition and could have killed or injured a lot of people! That is what worried me. Thank you to the officers involved for stopping him.

Rick Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

Cutting through parking lots is illegal. I hope they throw the book at him.

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

With 1,300 rounds in the car, I am glad that the suspect didn't deside to shot it out with the DCS and the LPD .

The DCS and the LPD actually seem to do a pretty good job of working together here in Lawrence .

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

AR stands for the first manufacturer of the riffle


It does not mean Liberals code word "Assault Rifle" lolol

Steve King 3 months, 1 week ago

Right Bob. It's for hunting. Those bump stocks make duck hunting a lot of fun.

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

You're correct. Liberals should definitely be banned from owning firearms.

Especially, owning bump stocks.

Why are Liberals not banned from owning firearms Steve?

Steve King 3 months, 1 week ago

The NRA Bob. Duh. Heck the Trump Administration even changed the rules this year that mentally incapacitated people can buy a gun. Do you have one?

Richard Neuschafer 3 months, 1 week ago

Yes, mentally deranged people like Bob can own a gun now.

David Holroyd 3 months, 1 week ago

He was just going to an ammunition swap meet..give the guy a break...he will get it for sure in Lawrence.

Steve King 3 months, 1 week ago

AR-15. The weapon of choice for mass shooters. An AR-15 killed 17 students in Flordia today. Regan was right to ban these weapons. Republicans reversed it. Because...NRA money. I am sick of hearing "thoughts and prayers" and want to see something change.

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

AR-15 were not banned under Reagan. Bill Clinton was in office when the Brady Bill was signed. Some scary features such as bayonet lugs and flash hiders were banned. Try to keep things straight, Steve.

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

"....Republicans reversed it..." Wrong again, Steve. The bill had a sunset provision. It croaked of its own accord.

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

6 people like the fact that you are repeating lies here.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

Our deputies did an extraordinary job in making this arrest. Thank you.

Louis Kannen 3 months, 1 week ago

Louis Kannen 4 months ago...

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