Topeka police arrest 2 suspects in 2 armed carjackings overnight

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Two men have been taken into custody by Topeka police for two separate carjackings Wednesday night.

Officers responded to a call at 1100 SE Gilmore Ave. around 7 p.m. for an aggravated robbery. A woman said two men approached her while she was in a car, pointed a handgun at her, forced her out and took the vehicle. At about 7:21 p.m., another woman called reporting that a man with a handgun also stole her car at 6th and SE Golden, just outside the Family Dollar Store.

Responding officers spotted the vehicle on the road and gave chase, but the driver got away at a high speed. Later the officers found the vehicle abandoned in the 400 block of NE Freeman. Officers searched the area and found two men fitting the suspects’ descriptions.

Officers took 19-year-old Chauncy E. Lyles and 22-year-old Mathdaniel Squirrel into custody.

Squirrel was taken to Shawnee County Department of Corrections for:

  • Aggravated robbery.
  • Felony fleeing and eluding.

Lyles was taken in for:

  • Aggravated robbery. 
  • Felony fleeing and eluding. 
  • Possession of stolen property.
  • Felon in posession of a firearm.

Topeka Police noted that this is the 11th case reported in 2019 involving a felon in posession of a firearm.

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