Independence police locate person of interest in homicide

Brandon McDaniel found in Arkansas
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Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-11 13:51:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, Jan. 11 | Brandon McDaniel was taken into custody Friday, Jan. 8, at a residence in Arkansas, according to a Kansas City, Missouri, police detective with the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers.

Photos of McDaniel provided by police were published during the search, because he was wanted for a violent crime. But those photos are no longer in use in accordance with 41 Action News policy on using mugshots.

ORIGINAL STORY, Dec. 18 | Police in Independence continue to ask for the public’s help to locate a person of interest in connection with a mid-December homicide.

Independence police officers they were sent to a home in the 9900 block of E. 36th Street South to investigate a homicide on Dec. 17.

When responding officers arrived at the house around 6 p.m., they found 22-year-old Oriana Raisa N-Chelle Ashanti Starr dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police said Dec. 18 that they were attempting to locate Brandon A. McDaniel, 26, as a person of interest in connection with the homicide.

McDaniel is described as a possibly homeless Hispanic male, 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and facial hair. His facial hair "may have been recently modified, according to a Jan. 5 release from police.

McDaniel frequently walks and uses public transit, according to police, and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about McDaniel or the case is asked to call the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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