Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2005

Charges filed in July 4 fight

August 25, 2005

A 27-year-old, who was arrested by Basehor police on July 4 for allegedly dousing his girlfriend with gasoline, has been charged in Leavenworth County District Court.

Mike Ronnenbaum, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with aggravated assault, criminal threat, theft and domestic battery. Deborah Owen, a county attorney's office representative, said Ronnenbaum has not yet made a court appearance.

The charges stem from a Fourth of July incident in the 3700 block of North 155th Terrace. Police were called to the residence about 11:20 p.m. on a report that a 39-year-old woman had been abused by her boyfriend, Ronnenbaum.

The woman told police that Ronnenbaum allegedly threw beer cans at her, bit her and doused her with gasoline.

When police arrived, the suspect had fled in the woman's car. The vehicle was recovered by Kansas City, Kan., police a few hours later, police said.

During an investigation, a second victim, a 20-year-old Topeka man, came forward and reported to police that the suspect also assaulted him on July 4.

In other police news, an investigation into an accusation made by a 23-year-old Basehor man, who claims he was the victim of an assault from a stun gun in July, remains open.

Basehor police Detective Lloyd Martley said no arrests have been made because the primary suspect, an 18-year-old Basehor man, has moved to another state and police attempts to interview him have failed.

The incident occurred July 9 at Casey's General Store. Police said the suspect allegedly punched the victim in the eye and shot him in the arm with a stun gun. The alleged assault may have been motivated by racial slurs said between the two men, police said.

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