Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Suspect nabbed in 2012 cold case

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 7/16/2014

It took time, but they got him.

A suspect who authorities say led law enforcement officers on a 2012 high-speed chase through Ottawa and surrounding countryside was arrested Friday evening by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after being at large for more than two years, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said Tuesday.

It took time, but they got him.

A suspect who authorities say led law enforcement officers on a 2012 high-speed chase through Ottawa and surrounding countryside was arrested Friday evening by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after being at large for more than two years, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said Tuesday.

Officers arrested Anthony Ray West, 35, Kansas City, Kansas, Friday and charged him with nine traffic violations, including fleeing and eluding in commission of a felony, felony criminal damage to property and theft of property valued more than $25,000 and less than $100,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

West originally was arrested and transferred from another jurisdiction, Richards said, but could not comment on how or where. West then was transferred to the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, on an arrest warrant for the June 2012 incident.

The chase started about 10:30 p.m. June 4, 2012, when an Ottawa Police Department patrol officer attempted to pull over a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a traffic violation, according to Herald archives.

A chase ensued, winding through Ottawa, south on U.S. 59, through a wheat field and back to Kanza Park in Ottawa, according to police reports. The driver crashed the Jeep, which had been reported stolen in Merriam, into a house in the 300 block of 11th Street on the western edge of Kanza Park.

After crashing into the back of Lisa and Curtis Chaney’s home, the suspect stole the Chaneys’ 1997 Chevrolet truck and continued to flee authorities, driving through residential yards and smashing through a chain-link fence in the 1100 block of South Maple Street to elude capture, according to Herald archives.

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