Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two arrested in Ottawa hit-and-run, kidnapping incident

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 3/27/2014

Ottawa police have arrested two people in connection with a March 10 reported hit-and-run and kidnapping incident.

Michael Bishop, 39, Ottawa, was arrested about 4 a.m. Wednesday, while he was hiding in a residence in the 700 block of South Ash Street, Ottawa, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said. Bishop has been charged on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident, failure to report an accident and obstruction of the legal process, Weingartner said. Bishop has been issued a Notice to Appear in Ottawa Municipal Court with a bond set at $5,000.

The arrest stemmed from a March 10 incident near the intersection of East Sixth and Burroughs streets. Ottawa police responded about 7:44 p.m. to the area near Acres Estates Mobile Home Park, Ottawa, to a report of a person seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle that later fled the scene. The victim of the hit-and-run, a 35-year-old Ottawa man, was treated by emergency workers at the scene and then transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Bishop, the driver of the vehicle that struck the man and then fled, police said, had been identified by law enforcement early in the investigation of the incident, but had refused to come in for questioning. His vehicle was recovered by police overnight March 10.

In addition to Bishop’s arrest Wednesday, Christel Collins, 37, Quenemo, also was arrested in the incident. Collins had claimed to have been forced into Bishop’s vehicle before he fled the scene of the hit-and-run. She was charged on suspicion of filing a false report of an attempted kidnapping.

“People were telling us different things at different times,” Weingartner said. “In the end, with all the information and evidence we were able to get from everyone, Christel Collins was charged for filing a false report. She was initially reporting to us that she was a victim in a kidnapping. That turned out not to be true.”

Collins already was in law enforcement custody Wednesday, having been arrested early Friday in connection with a Pomona bank robbery last week. She was charged on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in that case.

She was given a Notice to Appear in Ottawa Municipal Court with a bond set at $750 for the filing a false report charge, Weingartner said.

Police also had been searching for another person who was in the car with Bishop during the March 10 incident, but later came to the conclusion the person was a passenger in the vehicle, but not involved in the crime, Weingartner said.

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