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Independence Police arrest man who assaulted park volunteer

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Posted at 8:51 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 12:46:32-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE | Independence police said an officer found the victim's vehicle near 23rd Street and Cottage Avenue around 9:00 p.m. Monday night.

Officers took the suspect into custody.

PREVIOUS | Independence, Missouri police officers responded to a stabbing and carjacking at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate around 5:48 p.m. Monday night.

The estate is located in the 300 block of W. Pacific Avenue.

A volunteer for the City of Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism department was working at the historic site when they were assaulted with a weapon in the parking lot and their car was stolen.

The stolen vehicle is a white, 2016 Honda Hr-V with Missouri plate HA0W7Z.

The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and the suspect was caught on video fleeing in the vehicle.

The city of Independence said in a statement Tuesday that "(o)ur immediate thoughts are with this volunteer as they continue to recover, as well as family and friends who are supporting them today."

"We are regularly evaluating the security of our various locations and have recently taken steps to install additional security cameras, which proved an invaluable tool for the Independence Police Department in last night's incident," the statement read. "Further, we are looking at training and education opportunities for our volunteers and staff to provide them the information and resources they need to protect themselves."

Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect or the location of the car should call the tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), Indepence Police Department Tips at 816-325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org.