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Thursday, January 7, 2016

PHOTOS: Police arrest two men accused of shooting at an undercover officer

Posted: January 7, 2016 - 3:57am
Updated: January 9, 2016 - 1:26am

Shawnee Police arrested two men who allegedly fired shots at an undercover Lenexa officer late Wednesday.

Ruben Rodriguez, 29
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo
The suspects, 29-year-old Ruben Rodriguez and 21-year-old Samir Arrendondoaragon of Kansas City, Kansas have both appeared in Johnson County Court on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Bond was set for both suspects at $500,000.

In a news release, Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department says Lenexa officers were conducting surveillance in Lenexa using an unmarked vehicle just before 10pm.

"While conducting surveillance, the alleged suspect vehicle left the location being watched and was followed by the [Lenexa] police," Tennis said in the release.
Samir Arrendondoaragon, 21
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo

The suspect vehicle led the undercover Lenexa officer into Shawnee.

As the officer was trying to get a marked police vehicle to intercept the suspect vehicle Tennis says, "the two people in the suspect vehicle began shooting at the officer."

Crime Scene Technician at Shawnee Mission Parkway & Maurer
One of at least three crime scenes, all in Shawnee.
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"They shot multiple rounds at the officer as they were driving," Tennis said.

"Several police officers responded to assist and the suspect vehicle was disabled with a tire deflation device in the city of Shawnee," Captain Diana Mendoza of the Lenexa Police Department said in a news release.


The suspects abandoned their vehicle in the back driveway of a home on the southwest corner of 73rd Street and Charles Street.

The suspect vehicle abandoned in a yard near 73rd & Charles Streets
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Operation 100 News spoke to Shawnee Police Captain Mark Hein at the 73rd Street and Charles Street scene. Captain Hein said the suspects were both taken into custody south of their vehicle, after officers from Shawnee and Lenexa set up a "strong perimeter."

Two Shawnee officers, armed with rifles, hold a perimeter near 72nd Street & Quivira Road
Photo submitted to by Operation 100 News follower Brian Bolen, used with permission
Captain Hein also said that he was told the temporary license plate on the suspect vehicle was stolen, but the vehicle was not stolen.

Crime Scene Technicians from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab processed at least three scenes in Shawnee. Traffic cones marked evidence on the ramp from Maurer Road to eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway, where Captain Hein says the first shots were fired.

Another traffic cone marked evidence on Lackman Road near 74th Street, just outside of the Maple Ridge of Wedgewood neighborhood.

Crime Scene Technicians also collected the suspect vehicle and Lenexa's undercover vehicle. Both vehicles were towed away from the scene for further processing at the Johnson County Crime Lab in Olathe.

Captain Mendoza says, "at around 2:00am the Lenexa Police Department served a search warrant at the original address. No other suspects were found."

Lenexa Police have not released any additional information regarding the nature of their investigation.

No one was injured during the incident.

Johnson County Crime Scene unit with Shawnee Police on the ramp from
Maurer Road to eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway, where two cones marked evidence
Two cones marked evidence on the ramp from Maurer Road to eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway
Johnson County Crime Scene Unit at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road
Shawnee Police officers at 73rd Street and Charles Street
The suspect vehicle came to a stop in a yard and both suspects ran
Suspect vehicle (right) with Lenexa Police Department's unmarked van and Shawnee Police behind

Friday, November 6, 2015

Olathe man arrested after trying to lure officers into pursuit

Posted: November 6, 2015 - 4:36am
Updated: November 7, 2015 - 1:53am


A 20-year-old Olathe man is being held on $10,000 bond after he tried to get officers to chase his modified Mercedes-Benz in northwestern Shawnee Friday morning.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. a Shawnee officer patrolling the area attempted to stop a silver Mercedes-Benz that was driving west on 47th Street near Chouteau Street. The driver failed to yield to the officer and accelerated away. The officer did not give chase.

Seconds later the officer reported that the car he had just tried to stop had "wrecked out" at the intersection of 47th Street and Kansas Highway 7.

Police caught up with the speeding car after it crashed
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The car jumped a curb, breaking at least two of the wheels on the 2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. The car's airbags also deployed in the crash. The driver was not injured and he was quickly taken into custody.

Police are investigating whether or not this is the same man who has repeatedly tried to get officers to chase him. Since early summer there have been numerous reports, from law enforcement agencies across Johnson County, of a silver Mercedes-Benz with a loud exhaust trying to get officers to chase.

Timothy Garrett Wottlin, 20, of Olathe, Kansas
Charged after attempting to elude Shawnee Police
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo
The Johnson County District Attorney's office has charged 20-year-old Timothy G. Wottlin with misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and misdemeanor driving without an ignition interlock device.

County records show Wottlin was arrested in October 2014 for driving under the influence. He was granted diversion in January 2015. A motion to revoke Wottlin's diversion was filed on November 3, 2015.

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Wottlin in September for speeding. He subsequently pleaded guilty to driving without an ignition interlock device on October 20, 2015.

Wottlin is being held on $10,000 bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for November 12.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Juveniles arrested following burglary and pursuit in western Shawnee

Posted: November 5, 2015 - 3:41am
Updated: November 5, 2015 - 12:24pm


Shawnee Police arrested three juveniles after a western Shawnee resident reported someone was opening her garage door late Wednesday night.

According to Major Dan Tennis, officers were dispatched to the 24200 block of West 67th Terrace on a possible aggravated residential burglary in progress at 11:44 p.m..

A woman called 911 to report that she heard her garage door open, she then closed it only to hear the door open again. The woman and her husband told police that they didn't see anyone. The couple reported a garage door opener had been stolen from a vehicle parked in their driveway.

At 11:53 a Shawnee dispatcher requested a third officer to respond to the area of the call. A police supervisor added himself to the call seconds later.

Due to encryption of police radios, it's unclear where or when officers located the suspects and the suspect car. Police also started their pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, before moving to a regional pursuit channel minutes later.

Radio traffic from a Lenexa Police dispatcher, at 11:54, stated that Shawnee officers were in pursuit of a black passenger car eastbound on 70th near Belmont and that it is related to an aggravated burglary. At least two Lenexa officers, including one K-9, said they would start towards the area of Shawnee's pursuit.

By 11:55 Shawnee radios had been moved to a regional pursuit channel and the pursuit was eastbound on 71st Street from Gleason Road. The suspects drove to the dead-end of 71st Street, east of Hedge Lane Terrace, where they made a U-turn and sped off back to the west.

A Shawnee officer reported speeds of 60 miles-per-hour on westbound 71st Street near Apache Drive. The black 2015 Kia Forte turned north onto Mize Road with speeds around 50 miles-per-hour.

The suspect driver followed Mize Road to 63rd Street, where the road turns east, with speeds around 30. The suspects turned north on Clare Road and slowed to 10 miles-per-hour before coming to a stop, just south of 61st Terrace.

Major Tennis says, "while turning a corner, the vehicle struck a curb or rock which flattened one of the front tires. The vehicle was not able to drive anymore and stopped."

According to radio traffic, the pursuing officer held the car at gunpoint until additional officers could arrive to assist him.

"Three juveniles were taken into custody without incident," Tennis said. "Both males were 17 and the female was 16."

Operation 100 News has independently confirmed two male juveniles and one female juvenile were taken into custody. All three were questioned by police at Shawnee Police headquarters, before being transported to the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center in Olathe around 3 a.m..

Tennis says, "the case is being sent to the Johnson County District Attorney's office this morning for review and charging."

Attempts to contact police immediately following the pursuit were not answered.

This is the second occasion [that Operation 100 is aware of] Shawnee Police have attempted to keep a high-speed pursuit on an encrypted radio channel. An October 2014 pursuit, which started with a Shawnee Police K-9 vehicle being rammed in a QuikTrip parking lot, was heavily encrypted. Shawnee officers led the nearly 40 mile pursuit, which ended 30 minutes later near Blue Springs, Missouri. Previous Operation 100 News report.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday morning police chase ends with a crash


Posted: October 8, 2015 - 4:37pm

A police pursuit of two aggravated burglary suspects that began in Kansas City, Kan., ended in Shawnee early Thursday morning.

Contributed photo of the crashed suspect vehicle
According to Kansas City, Kan., police, the chase began in the 4100 block of North 110th Street at about 2:45 a.m. after someone called police reporting that someone was trying to break into their house. Officers responded to the scene and the suspects were seen driving away.

Officers pursued the suspect's Buick Rendezvous onto Interstate 70, where speeds reached 110mph according to radio traffic. The suspect's then led officers to southbound Interstate 635, where a Kansas City, Kan. officer was able to get spike strips down in front of the vehicle, causing one of the front tires to go flat. The chase then exited at Metropolitan Avenue and travelled west to Holliday Drive, passing Lake Quivira. The pursuit continued into Shawnee and the driver lost control at Wilder Road where the road curves to cross several sets of railroad tracks.

Shawnee police said that the vehicle crashed under the railroad bridge and caught fire.


Operation 100 News video from the scene, not for broadcast

Firefighters from Shawnee and Kansas City, Kan. responded to the scene to extinguish the fire.

Radio traffic from officers reported that one suspect ran from the crash scene. A second suspect, who was injured in the crash, stayed at the scene and was quickly detained by officers. The injured suspect was transported by Johnson County Med-Act to the University of Kansas Hospital with serious injuries.

Kansas City, Missouri detectives near the crash scene in Shawnee
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Shawnee police searched the wooded area, Mill Creek Streamway Park, and the northern edge of the Deffenbaugh Landfill with K-9 units for several hours Thursday morning. Officers called off their search around 7:30 a.m. with no sign of the suspect.

Shawnee police were not involved in the pursuit, Maj. Dan Tennis said. However, according to Amber Thomas-Hickerson with the Kansas City, Kan. police, Shawnee police and Kansas City, Mo., police were investigating the burglary as well in connection to other burglary cases in their cities.

Captain Tye Grant with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department confirmed to Operation 100 News that detectives from the department's property crimes unit were working with Kansas agencies on a burglary investigation.

Just after 9:30 a.m., radio traffic indicated that a man matching the description of the second suspect was seen near the scalehouse at the main entrance to the Deffenbaugh landfill. Reports indicated that the man was spotted by landfill security, who called police describing a black male dressed in dark clothing and only wearing one shoe. Shawnee officers arrived quickly and spotted the man running towards the river. Police arrested him near the entrance to Deffenbaugh landfill, according to scanner reports.

BNSF maintenance crews responded to the crash scene to check the structural integrity of the bridge before allowing rail traffic to resume. The bridge was reopened just after 5:30 a.m.

Officers from five agencies were involved in the initial search for the suspects after the crash. Those agencies included Shawnee Police, Lenexa Police, Kansas City, Kan. Police, Kansas City, Mo. Police, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Police.

A railroad worker inspects the bridge for damage after police left the scene
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The crash scene after sunrise
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Man attacks neighbors with ax in Shawnee neighborhood

Posted: August 1, 2015 - 4:01pm
Updated: August 3, 2015 - 2:17pm


Anthony M. Townsend, 28
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo
A Shawnee man who allegedly attacked his neighbors with an ax on Saturday, now faces three felony charges.

Anthony Townsend, 28, has been charged in Johnson County District Court with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated burglary. Townsend allegedly broke into the house with the intent to commit a felony, according to court documents. He appeared in custody for his first court appearance Monday where his bond was set at $250,000.

Shawnee Police are investigating after a man allegedly attacked his neighbors with an ax.

In a news release Sergeant Kerri Hall says officers were dispatched on an armed disturbance in the 6400 block of Noreston Street at 11:35 a.m.

"Upon arrival of the first officer, the suspect was seen going from the neighbor/victim's house back to his house," says Sgt. Hall. "He was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center."

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Police, Fire, & Med-Act at the scene
Operation 100 News arrived on scene just before 12 p.m.
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Scanner traffic from officers at the scene indicated that officers used a Taser to subdue the suspect.

By 12:08 p.m. police had blocked off the cul-de-sac
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The response to the scene included a Shawnee Fire engine and Battalion Chief along with two ambulances and a Battalion Chief from Johnson County Med-Act.

According to Sgt. Hall, "two adult victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment and are in stable condition."

Scanner traffic indicated that one of the victims was seriously injured, another had only minor injuries.

Johnson County Med-Act evaluated the suspect at the scene and determined that he was not injured by the Taser.

Sgt. Hall says officers are holding the crime scene as the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit processes evidence.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, has been booked into the Johnson County Jail, where he faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Operation 100 News is not releasing his name until charges are filed.

Neighbors stood in the street trying to see what was going on
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Two Johnson County Crime Scene Technicians begin to process the scene
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