Archive for Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Robber enters home, flees police

July 9, 2008

An 88-year-old Basehor man fended off an intruder early Monday after the suspect broke into his home through a basement door.

According to Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley, around 5:25 a.m., an unknown suspect kicked in the basement door of the home near the 15300 block of Parallel Road. The homeowner, who had a shotgun, heard the noise and confronted the intruder at the top of the stairs.

"A struggle ensued," Martley said. "The homeowner had a weapon and the struggle took place over the weapon."

The suspect eventually gained control of the weapon hitting the homeowner with the butt of the gun. The suspect was then alerted to police in the driveway of the home, left through a patio door and headed into a heavily wooded area west of the property empty handed.

Police were in the driveway by the time the homeowner was able to get to a phone to call 911 because a Basehor officer on patrol noticed a vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence that wasn't normally there and had stopped to investigate, Martley said. The officer noticed the basement door was damaged and suspected there was a burglary in progress when the 911 call came in.

"We called for immediate back up from Leavenworth County (Sheriff's Office) and the Kansas Highway Patrol," Martley said. "We did a search of the area as best as we could. Leavenworth County brought a dog down and tried to pick up a trail on him (the suspect). The Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter came out to search the area."

While search efforts were unsuccessful, police did discover the suspect had been driving a stolen vehicle from Blue Springs, Mo., Martley said.

"We recovered the stolen vehicle and there were burglary tools in the vehicle, but there was no property," he said. "Apparently the suspect came directly to the victim's home."

It is unknown why the house was targeted for the attempted burglary, Martley said.

Since it was dark outside and there were no lights on in the house, the homeowner was not able to see the suspect's face clearly, but was described as a short, heavyset Hispanic male wearing a white shirt and a blue baseball hat.

"We (officers) went door-to-door checking and advising citizens of the situation and asking that if they saw or came in contact with this individual not to approach him, but to call the police in an effort to help us apprehend him," Martley said.

Police ask that if anyone sees a person matching the suspect's description, to call the Basehor Police Department immediately at (913) 724-1313.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. The case is ongoing and there are no new leads at this time, Martley said.

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