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Suspect accused of aggravated assault, theft of TV news equipment

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:07:04-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man is under arrest after a nearly 90-minute police chase through Kansas City overnight prompting a large police presence.

The chase began around 1:30 a.m Friday after police spotted a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle used in several crimes the day before.

Police say the pursuit began in the area of 87th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Then the vehicle continued into Raytown, where the suspect allegedly opened fire on officers. No officers were struck. According to Kansas City, Missouri, police, they did not return fire at the suspect.

At that point, the chase resumed and traveled into Kansas City, Missouri, where it finally ended in the area of Ward Parkway and Sunset.

The driver was then taken into custody at 2:50 a.m. without injury. The man has not yet been identified by police.

Police say the man is a suspect in at least two crimes on Thursday. The first is an aggravated assault in KCMO. The police have not identified the location or the victim at this time.

The second crime is a felony theft of various equipment from the KSHB-TV/41 Action News transmitter site at 4600 E. 84th Terrace in Kansas City. The loss of equipment is valued at approximately $100,000.

KSHB-TV management is cooperating with police in their investigation.

This developing story will be updated.

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