3 people avoid arrest after a theft, pursuit in southeast Kansas

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ALLEN COUNTY, Kan. – Authorities identify three suspects they say stole a tractor from Woodson County, a vehicle from Crawford County and brandished a weapon before a police pursuit began.

On January 8, 2020, the Woodson County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit from Neosho Falls. Authorities say the chase stemmed from an incident where a weapon was brandished.

The chase entered northwest rural Allen County on Utah Road.

The suspect vehicle, stolen from Crawford County, crashed at the intersection of Utah and 1000 Street. Authorities say the suspects ran from the scene.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office got on scene and helped set up a perimeter, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers, Air Unit and K-9 units, the Chanute Polcie Department K-9 unit and the Iola Police Department.

Crews searched for several hours but did not find the suspects. According to Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy, authorities don’t believe the suspects are still in Allen or Woodson Counties.

The next day, January 9, a John Deere tractor was reported stolen from the area and was later found in Neosho Falls.

Since the tractor was found, and through witness interviews, authorities identified three people as suspects in the chase and thefts.

Along with the theft of the tractor, other property was stolen at the same location, including two firearms.

Authorities identified the suspects as William “Bill” Theadore Patton, Kaitlyn Marie McMurry and Tanner Williams Adams.

They are to be considered to be armed and dangerous and if located do not approach, call 911, say police.

McMurry and Adams both have outstanding warrants for their arrests. The Woodson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting several Felonies against them for the incident in Neosho Falls.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects, please call the Woodson County Sheriff’s Office at 620-625-2147 or the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 620-365-1400.