Archive for Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Men ordered to trial in burglary, chase

July 2, 2003

Two Kansas City, Kan., men have been ordered to stand trial in connection with a burglary and theft June 12 in the 18000 block of Linwood Road.

Harlan Hurst, 38, and Michael Robinson, 42, are charged with non-residential burglary, felony theft and felony obstruction of official duty. Robinson also is charged with felony fleeing and eluding.

During a preliminary hearing last Wednesday, a rural Leavenworth County resident testified that he arrived home on June 12 and saw a pickup with two men in it parked in front of his garage. When he asked them what they were doing, they claimed they were looking for a construction site, according to Roger Marrs, Leavenworth County assistant county attorney.

However, a large object was in the bed of the truck that appeared to be a four-wheeler covered with a tarp.

Marrs said the resident began following them, while calling authorities on his cell phone. Sheriff's deputies, as well as Kansas Highway Patrol troopers, also joined in the chase.

According to testimony, Robinson, the driver, missed a turn and crashed into a ditch. He and Hurst fled on foot. Sheriff officers, highway patrol troopers, a Basehor police officer and a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter searched for them.

About 90 minutes after the crash, Hurst was found, and Robinson was found about 30 minutes later.

Pre-trial motions will be heard in the cases at 11 a.m. July 11.

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