Kansas Highway Patrol, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and Topeka Police blocked off a large area of North Topeka Wednesday afternoon as they search for a suspect in a black stolen pickup truck, authorities said. The suspect “is believed to be armed and dangerous,” said Gretchen Koenen, police spokeswoman. As of Wednesday evening, the man had not been found.
A large area was blocked off between Topeka Boulevard and Kansas Avenue, south of Menninger Road earlier Wednesday. As of 3:45 p.m., authorities have scaled back the perimeter and are searching other parts of the city. A highway patrol search plane was also in the area.
The patrol said a white man with facial hair wearing a black hoodie refused to stop for a trooper earlier Wednesday in the 300 block of NE Mamosa lane in the area where the search was concentrated. The suspect rammed the trooper’s vehicle, causing minor damage but the trooper was not hurt.
While on the run, the man drove the truck through several fields at high speeds. Residents are asked not to approach the man directly but to alert local law enforcement if they see him or know anything about the incident and be extra vigilant about locking their doors.
KSNT’s Willis Scott was on the scene along north Kansas Avenue for a briefing Wednesday afternoon: