Archive for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fugitive surrenders after 2 months on run

January 31, 2007

A 25-year-old Basehor man who has been eluding police for more than two months has surrendered.

Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said Kirtis Davenport, who on Nov. 12 allegedly kicked in the door of the Basehor apartment he shared with his pregnant wife, waving a gun at her, called the police department about 9:15 Monday morning to say he was giving up running.

"He said he would be walking up Highway 7 near Warsaw, Missouri, and to come get him," Horner said.

Davenport, who has served six years in prison, was sentenced on several charges including auto burglary and theft in 1998, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. He also was sentenced on escape and theft charges in 2004 after escaping from Hutchinson Correctional Facility in 2000.

Davenport was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault, as well as a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.

A few hours after the Nov. 12 incident, Davenport called police Detective Lloyd Martley, admitted to kicking in the door and having the gun and told the detective he was not returning to jail, police said.

Horner said Davenport's history of taunting phone calls to police and alleged threats to his wife since November made them skeptical of the Monday morning phone call. The Basehor Police Department contacted the Benton County, Mo., Sheriff's Office. Benton County deputies found Davenport where he said he would be and took him into custody without incident, Horner said.

"We're very pleased that Mr. Davenport turned himself in," Horner said. "Apparently he must have felt the pressure of every level of law enforcement looking for him."

The Leavenworth County Attorney's Office has been contacted and Davenport is currently being held at the Benton County jail, Horner said.

"It turned out for the best not only for Mr. Davenport, but for our victim that lives in the city of Basehor," Horner said. "We wanted this to come to a peaceful end."

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