Police arrest suspect after chase, search near 25th and Louisiana
Officers armed with rifles and aided by police dogs arrested a man after an hourlong search Monday afternoon in the area of West 25th and Louisiana streets.
Shortly before 3 p.m. officers saw a man with warrants out for his arrest — later identified as 22-year-old Anthony Deshaune Edwards — in a gold Toyota SUV near the area of 27th and Iowa streets, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads.
When the officer tried to pull the SUV over, Edwards fled, Rhoads said.
Lawrence Police Sgt. Kirk Fultz said Edwards may have been armed.
After a brief chase, Edwards left the SUV and ran southeast of the intersection of 23rd and Massachusetts streets.
Dozens of officers from the Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, University of Kansas Office of Public Safety and Kansas Highway Patrol converged on the area and set up a perimeter.
The agencies set up a perimeter from the intersection of West 25th and Louisiana streets, west to Belle Haven Drive and south past Utah Court.
Many of the neighborhood’s residents, including children, walked along the sidewalks to see the scene, while others peered through open doors and windows.
Because traffic was blocked from heading south along Louisiana Street, long lines of cars formed sporadically along 25th Street.
After 4 p.m. around a dozen officers and one dog surrounded a single-story house at 609 W. 25th St.
Communicating with two residents of an apartment inside the house, officers walked around the back of the house, weapons drawn. Muffled yelling could be heard, though precisely what was said remains unclear.
After several minutes Lawrence police officers circled a car around to the rear of the house, exiting soon after with one person in the back seat.
Rhoads said Edwards was arrested at the scene and taken to the Douglas County Jail, but she did not specify what warrants he had for his arrest or what new criminal charges will be pending.
Additional information was not immediately available.