Sunday manhunt ends in arrest in Crawford County

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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Authorities move a suspect from the hospital to jail following yesterday’s manhunt in Crawford County that lasted several hours.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 13, 2020, around 6:42 a.m., a Crawford County Sheriff deputy saw a vehicle stopped in the roadway in the area of 250th Street and 570 Avenue. All of its occupants were out of the vehicle.

According to the deputy, the occupants got into the vehicle and started to leave. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver kept going and a pursuit started. During the pursuit, the Sheriff’s Office states a passenger jumped from the moving vehicle and was seen running in the area east of Free King Hwy and K-126 Hwy.

The deputy continued pursuing the vehicle until it ended a short time later at the intersection of Free King Hwy and K-126. Authorities arrested the female driver for felony fleeing and eluding. They questioned and released the other passenger.

The male suspect who jumped from the moving vehicle was identified as 35-year-old Justin Collins. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Collins had active felony warrants out of Kansas and Missouri.

Authorities deployed drones to help find Collins. The Kansas Highway Patrol had helicopters helping in the search.

The Sheriff’s Office states that during the manhunt, Collins stole two bicycles and tried to steal an ATV from nearby homes.

Later that afternoon, Collins knocked on the door of a home and the owner immediately called the Sheriff’s Office. With help from residents in the neighborhood, law enforcement officers who were nearby responded and were able to find Collins hiding under a house.

Authorities arrested Collins and took him to Via Christi for medical evaluation. The news release did not state a specific reason for taking Collins to the hospital, besides for evaulation.

The hospital release Collins this morning. He’s now in the Crawford County Jail.

Official charges have not been filed yet. Pittsburg Police and KHP both assisted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office with the incident.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office posted updates to its Facebook page during the incident.

(KOAM will continue following this story and have updates as they are available)