Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Suspect in robbery remains at-large

February 9, 2000

Last week's suspect in the robbery of Wadsworth Credit Union, Lansing, remains at-large.

Authorities are continuing to search for the suspect who was the object of a high-speed chase across the county and through Tonganoxie, where he eluded officers.

"We are continuing to investigate and we're following up on all leads that are generated," said Bridget Patton of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kansas City, Mo.

Patton described the man who held up the credit union at about 2 p.m. Feb. 8 as 5-foot-6, with a slender build and dark hair with an almost shaved head. He appeared to be in his mid-20s, had a dark, smooth complexion, wore a black leather jacket and had an earring in his left ear, she said.

The man handed the teller a note, Patton said.

"He implied that there was a weapon, but no weapon was shown," Patton said.

Alan Collins, acting chief of police in Lansing, said the man insinuated that he had a weapon.

"He patted his stomach on his right side and said, 'It's right here, don't make me use it,' or something of that nature," Collins said.

The exact amount taken during the robbery was undisclosed, but Collins said, "It was somewhat over $3,000, I believe."

During the robbery, the suspect's car was parked in the bank parking lot.

"He went southbound on First Terrace, and that's the last they saw of him at the bank," Collins said.

The car was described as a black Eagle Talon with Missouri license plates.

Bob Kasper was just leaving a board meeting at the Good Shephard Thrift Shop and Food Bank at Tonganoxie's Fourth and Shawnee streets when the suspect's car went by.

"All of a sudden this car appeared," Kasper said. "It seemed like it came from out of no where and headed out south on Shawnee. He didn't slow down for any stop signs or anything and he was really burning rubber. We didn't see which way he turned when he got down to the end of Shawnee."

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