Pittsburg man charged with assaulting his neighbor

Female victim says she was held against her will
Pittsburg man charged with assaulting his neighbor

Pittsburg, Kansas police have arrested a man accused of assaulting his female next-door neighbor and holding her against her will.

Authorities say the woman managed to escape Thursday evening and call for help.

Police say the responding officers then went next door to the suspect’s home and tried to make contact, but the suspect would not answer the door. After getting a search warrant, police say they found the suspect, 28-year-old Joseph Levi McClure, hiding inside.

Authorities took him to the Crawford County jail where he’s been formally charged with aggravated kidnapping , aggravated assault, and battery.
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FOLLOWING IS A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE PITTSBURG POLICE DEPARMENT:

MEDIA RELEASE
Aggravated Battery, Assault and Kidnapping
Friday, March 22, 2019
Released by Major Tim Tompkins
On Thursday, March 21 , 2019 at approximately 6:20 p.m., Officers of the Pittsburg Police Department were called to the area near a residence in the 1000 block of South Walnut Street. The caller advised a female had come to his residence claiming to have been held against her will and assaulted by a suspect living next door. The victim was able to escape the residence and summon help from the neighbor.
Officers responded to the residence where they contacted the victim and had Crawford County EMS respond for the victim. The victim declined EMS assistance, but did seek attention on her own at Ascension Via-Christi hospital for her injuries.
The responding officers then went next door to the suspect’s residence and attempted to make contact, however, the suspect would not answer the door. Due to the nature of the incident and the actions of the suspect, the police department activated its Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation team. As the teams were assembling, the police department obtained a search warrant for the residence based on information received from the victim.
Once the teams were on scene, efforts to reach the suspect by phone and through family members was unsuccessful. The Special Response Team then deployed, making forcible entry into the residence at approximately 9:30 p.m. The suspect was located hiding within the residence and taken into custody without further incident. The suspect is identified as follows:
Joseph Levi McClure, 28, of Pittsburg. McClure was transported to the
Crawford County Jail where he was booked in on charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping , Criminal Threat and Battery. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or on our tip line, 620-231 -TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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