Jury finds Shipps guilty for 2019 strong-armed carjacking in Kansas
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Following a two-day trial, a Kansas jury finds a Missouri man guilty of robbery, attempting to elude LEO and driving while suspended.
In 2019, authorities arrested Joseph John Shipps after a strong-armed carjacking in Kansas. A police pursuit crossed into Oklahoma where law enforcement arrested him on charges, including an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of Arkansas.
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Chief Deputy Nate Jones and Corrections Officer Beth Brooks escorted Shipps out of the courthouse Thursday afternoon after the jury’s verdict.
42-year-old Shipps, of Sikeston, will stay in the Cherokee County Jail without bond until sentencing. The Court will schedule that at a later date, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant Cherokee County Attorney Kurt Benecke prosecuted the case.
2019 Car-Jacking Case
In December 2019, Shipps went to an area home and asked the homeowner to give him a ride to a nearby store. During the trip, a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Authorities say that’s when Shipps forced the man out of the vehicle and fled in it.
The Deputy pursued Shipps into Oklahoma, where the Oklahoma Highway Patrol became involved in the pursuit. It ended when a Tactical Vehicle Intervention Maneuver was performed on the vehicle.
“I’m thankful the victim in this case, who was simply trying to help a stranger who needed a ride, was not injured and was also able to get his vehicle back in a short amount of time,” stated Sheriff David Groves stated in 2019.
“Towards the end of the pursuit, the suspect was reportedly again reaching for his back pack, which contained what appeared to be a handgun. It turned out only to be a b.b. gun, but certainly could have ended more tragically. This incident is a prime illustration of how no traffic stop is routine and I appreciate the professional work done by all involved including our partners with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,” concluded Sheriff Groves.
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