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Friday, September 16, 2011

Manhunt launched for escaped Lansing prisoner

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
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Johnson County Law Enforcement from multiple agencies have concluded an extensive search for the whereabouts of escaped prisoner Ronny Dale Peters. Peters remains at large this morning. The search began around 10:45 p.m. Thursday night and concluded shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.


Police from Gardner, Spring Hill, Shawnee and Lenexa were all involved in the search along with Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers and Johnson County Sheriff Deputies. Four K-9 Teams were involved including one from Shawnee and three from Lenexa. The Kansas Highway Patrol also brought in their helicopter to search from above.


Peters was reportedly sighted in the area of the Conestoga Estates Mobile Home Park at 1199 E Santa Fe Street in Gardner around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. A resident reported seeing a man matching Peters' description.


Gardner Police arrived shortly after that reported sighting and also spotted a man matching the description. As officer began to approach and asked to speak with the man, he ran.

Ronny Dale Peters, 33, escaped from the minimum security compound at Lansing, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, September, 14th. Peters is a white male, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 108lbs with red/auburn hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, and either black boots or tennis shoes. Peters has been known to use the aliases of "Petie" and "Shorty". Prison officials say he, as all escaped prisoners, should be considered dangerous and he may be armed.

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
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Peters was sentenced in Johnson County Court in February 2011 and was serving a 32-month sentence for charges including aggravated battery, theft, burglary, domestic battery and drug related offenses. Prior to the escape, his projected release date was February 1, 2013.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronny Peters is asked to notify local law enforcement or the Lansing Correctional Facility immediately at (913) 727-3235.


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