Archive for Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Murder suspect caught in city

More than 20 armed officers surround Church Street duplex

June 22, 2005

An 18-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man, who was wanted for a murder in Kansas City, Kan., was taken into custody last Wednesday at a relative's residence in Tonganoxie.

And the following day, a first-degree murder charge was filed against Michael Harvey in Wyandotte County District Court.

About 3 p.m. last Wednesday, Tonganoxie police acted on a tip from Kansas City, Kan., police and nvestigated a duplex in the 1000 block of Church Street, Tonganoxie Police Chief Ken Carpenter said.

With Leavenworth County sheriff's officers, the Kansas Highway Patrol and FBI task force personnel also on scene, authorities surrounded the Tonganoxie residence with more than 20 officers.

Lead investigator Billy Adcox of the Tonganoxie police department said nine FBI agents, nine Tonganoxie police, one highway patrolman and two sheriff's officers were on the scene.

Authorities communicated with Harvey over a loudspeaker and eventually convinced him to come outside, where officers arrested him at gunpoint. Before authorities converged on the duplex, police notified neighbors . Adcox said they urged residents to head to their basements if residents had them.

"We told them to go down there where it was a little safer," Adcox said.

Local police detained Harvey at the Tonganoxie police department until Kansas City, Kan., police took him into custody.

According to Chris Schneider, Wyandotte County assistant district attorney, Harvey and Michael Warren, 24, Kansas City, Kan., are being held in the Wyandotte County Jail on $150,000 bond in connection with the shooting death of Derek Thompson, 23.

Thompson, also of Kansas City, Kan., was killed June 12 near 38th and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kan.

The two men were expected to appear in court Tuesday, but their first appearance was continued until next Tuesday.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.