LS Police, K-9 unit capture fleeing fugitive

June 12, 2013 

A Centerview man wanted on a fugitive warrant for a parole violation was arrested in Lee’s Summit with the aid of the K-9 unit after a brief foot pursuit

According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department, officers an officer observed in the early morning hours of June 9 a white Nissan Versa drive into the parking lot of Hartman Park, which is located in the 700 block of S.W. Pryor Road.

Since city parks have an 11:00 p.m. curfew, the officer stopped the vehicle as it drove through the park and then stopped on the roadway. The officer made contact with both the driver and the passenger and obtained their identification.

While the officer was conducting computer checks, it was learned that the passenger in the vehicle was wanted by the Kansas Department of Corrections for a probation violation warrant, stemming from an aggravated robbery conviction. As the officer was receiving information, the passenger opened the door to the vehicle and began running south into a wooded area.

The officer pursued the suspect for a short time before losing him in the wooded area.

Additional officers were dispatched to the scene to assist and one of the department’s K-9 units began tracking the suspect’s last known location. Approximately 30 minutes later, the suspect was located in a brushy area and after repeated commands to exit and show his hands, the K-9 unit was deployed to remove the suspect from the concealed location.

The suspect was treated and released at a local hospital for minor injuries and turned over to the Jackson County Jail where he awaits extradition to the state of Kansas.

The passenger was identified as Luke S. Howell, a 22 year-old from Centerview. In addition to the warrant, Howell was charged with failure to obey a lawful order and park curfew violation.

The driver, identified as Jefferson H. Hartman, a 22 year-old from Lee’s Summit, was charged with a park curfew violation.

The incident began around 1:30 a.m. and the suspect was in custody by approximately 2:10 a.m.

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