Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Police believe missing suspect left area

May 31, 2007

The whereabouts of Errol Sutton, a man police suspect assaulted a woman in Topeka more than a week ago and was later seen in Tonganoxie, continues to flummox authorities.

But officials in Tonganoxie believe that it's safe to say he's no longer in the area.

"We just assume he's out of the area, probably in (Kansas City, Kan.), where he blends in a little better than around here," said Mike Vestal, Tonganoxie mayor and police dispatcher.

Tonganoxie officers have had no leads about where Sutton may be after he was last seen in Tonganoxie on May 18, days after police in Topeka searched for him.

Topeka police believe he may have tried to kill a woman there after sexually assaulting her on May 16. A Topeka police lieutenant said Saturday that officers had no new information about Sutton's whereabouts.

He reportedly stole a car in Topeka and drove it to Tonganoxie, where a policeman spotted him at Sonic Drive-In, 650 Northstar Court, across the street from Tonganoxie High School.

That led schools in the area to take extra safety precautions last week.

Vestal said that police expected reports of another break-in or burglary after the stolen car was abandoned, but none came in.

"Usually there's a break-in to get more food or some new clothes," he said.

Vestal said Sutton, who carried an Arizona driver's license and was transient, likely had few ties to the area.

"He's wandering the countryside someplace," he said.

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