Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Police continue search for sexual assault suspect

November 4, 2008

Law enforcement agencies continue to search for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in Eudora.

Officers from the Eudora Police Department, Douglas and Leavenworth County sheriff’s deputies and the Kansas Highway Patrol have been searching the area about two miles north of Eudora for a 27-year-old white male.

Late Monday afternoon, a Eudora child reported a sex crime. Later that evening at about 5:30 p.m., a Eudora officer flashed his lights to warn a driver to slow down, but the driver — who turned out to be the suspect — sped up. The officer pursued the suspect, who led police northbound on Church Street. The suspect then crossed train tracks on Leavenworth County Road 1 and narrowly missed being hit by an oncoming train.

Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem said officers saw the suspect lose control of his vehicle just before the train obscured their view. The suspect then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Upon finding the vehicle, officers were able to determine the vehicle was registered to the man suspected of the sexual assault.

“Until he crashed, we didn’t know this was our suspect. After that, we put two and two together,” Dahlem said.

Dahlem also said the car was totaled, which lead them to believe the suspect likely was injured.

Officers searched for the suspect until about 4 a.m. and then resumed the search again by foot and air at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. Police are investigating claims that the suspect may be connected to two more sexual assault victims.

Dahlem also notified the Bonner Springs Police Department that the suspect has family in the area.

The suspect has several convictions on his criminal record — mostly for burglary — and he was out on parole at them time of the alleged incident. He had been in and out of correctional facilities from 2002 to 2007.

— Alexander Parker contributed to this report.

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