Four suspects in custody after burglary, police pursuit

bbashioum@demo-mo.comApril 18, 2014 

Four people are in custody at the Cass County Jail after a burglary that led into a police pursuit across state lines.

A homeowner called the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 10:20 a.m. April 17 after he observed his residence in the 10000 block of E. 267th Street, near Freeman, being burglarized.

The homeowner provided a description of the suspects and their vehicle to Cass County dispatchers and followed the vehicle until deputies arrived in the area.

Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle, a white minivan, and attempted to stop it. The suspects fled west on Missouri 2 Highway and the pursuit lasted for more than 20 minutes on numerous county roads before entering Miami County in Kansas.

Miami County and Johnson County Kansas agencies attempted to use stop sticks to disable the vehicle however the suspect was able to evade those efforts.

The pursuit reentered Missouri on 150 Highway in south Kansas City before heading north on Interstate 49 through Grandview and into Kansas City.

The incident ended at about 11 a.m. when the suspect’s vehicle broke down in the area of Interstate 435 and 87th Street.

Four individuals were taken into custody.

The driver of the minivan was transported to an area hospital because of injuries he sustained while jumping over the concrete highway divider.

On Friday, Cass County prosecutors announced charges against the suspects:

  • Robert Cummings, 44, Kansas City, was charged with first-degree accessory burglary, accessory theft, and resist arrest by fleeing. Bond was set at $50,000.
  • Jamie Brewer, 33, Kansas City, was charged with first-degree accessory burglary, accessory theft. Bond was set at $35,000.
  • Christopher Zumwalt, 27, Raytown, was charged with first-degree accessory burglary and accessory theft. Bond was set at $35,000.
  • Stephanie Settle, 24, Grandview, was charged with first-degree accessory burglary and accessory theft. Bond was set at $35,000.
One patrol car suffered minor damage when the suspect driver jumped from the van and the disabled van rolled into the car.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

 

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