Wanted man arrested after traffic stop in Parsons, Kansas

Wanted man arrested after traffic stop in Parsons, Kansas
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PARSONS, Kan. – A traffic stop in Parsons, Kansas lead to the arrest of a wanted felon who had warrants out of Cherokee County for his arrest.

In the early hours of October 16, Parsons Police Officer Rory Johnson pulled in behind a vehicle with defective equipment and initiated a traffic stop.

When the vehicle stopped, Officer Johnson says he noticed a male exit the vehicle and initiated a chase.

Johnson identified the man as a suspect who was wanted in Cherokee County for a Failure to Appear warrant.

The suspect was previously involved in a shooting incident in Coffeyville in November of 2015, where he had shot at law enforcement and was subsequently shot.

Police say the suspect is currently on parole for this shooting and is also non-compliant with his registry as a violent offender.

Officer Johnson quickly caught up with the suspect and placed him under arrest thanks to the help of Sergeant Tony Adamson.

After a brief search, the two officers discovered the following:

  • Quarter Pound of Methamphetamines
  • Quarter Pound of Marijuana
  • 5 Grams of Mushrooms
  • 4 Grams of Crack Cocaine
  • <100 Pills
  • 6 Counterfeit $100 bills

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “I am so grateful that nobody was injured in this incident. Having a lifelong criminal fleeing with a firearm and a history of shooting at law enforcement is not something to take lightly. This situation could have ended with one or more people losing their lives. The unknown that police officers travel each day should be an eye opener to each and every voting citizen among us. This felon has already been shot during the course of his violent past and still has not learned his lesson. So, for those in the community that feel that traffic is not an important role in law enforcement I will refer you to the above charges and warrant.”

Officers are requesting the following charges:

  • 2 counts for Aggravated Offender Registration and one count of Violent Offender Registration,
  • 6 counts of Counterfeiting Currency,
  • Distribution of Hallucinogens, Depressant Pills, Methamphetamine and Cocaine all within 1000 feet of a school
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana also within 1000 feet of a school
  • 2 counts of interference with Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon as well as several moving violations.

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