Eudora police and Douglas County deputies aid in thwarting armed kidnapping of a toddler

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A Douglas County Sheriff's Office vehicle is pictured in January 2022.

A Eudora police officer with help from Douglas County sheriff’s deputies located and arrested suspects on Friday who were allegedly involved in an armed kidnapping of a 3-year-old in Topeka.

Officers were notified around 4:35 a.m. that the suspect’s vehicle was heading southbound on Kansas Highway 10 near the Lecompton exit of the Kansas Turnpike, said George Diepenbrock, a spokesperson with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. A Eudora officer located the vehicle on K-10 near the county line between Douglas and Johnson counties.

The officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Kansas Highway 7 and K-10 with backup from Douglas and Johnson county sheriff’s deputies and Olathe police, Diepenbrock said.

Three adults in the vehicle were taken into custody without incident and were turned over to the Topeka Police Department. Police found a firearm in the vehicle. The 3-year-old was unharmed and taken into protective custody, Diepenbrock said.

Booking information from the Shawnee County Jail was not available at the time of this report.


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