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Federal prosecutors charge 1st person in Operation LeGend crime-fighting effort

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 18:29:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who assaulted a police officer and led police on a high-speed chase is the first person charged in the Operation LeGend effort to reduce violent crime in Kansas City, Missouri.

Monty W. Ray, 20, of Kansas City, Missouri, is charged in federal court with being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Court documents state that officers spotted Ray in a stolen vehicle taken July 17 near East 107th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Officers stopped Ray, but he tried to run away.

The officers quickly caught and arrested him, according to court documents.

Inside the stolen car officers found two stolen handguns and ammunition.

Ray had arrest warrants for assaulting a law officer and fleeing in an incident where he ran over an officer's foot with a car and rammed a patrol car.

He told police he has been smoking marijuana daily since his was 12.

Ray also admitted he uses methamphetamine and smoked some of the powerful stimulant the day before his arrest, court documents state.

Operation LeGend is a partnership between the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and a federal law officers, including the ATF and DEA.

Gunshots fired into a Kansas City, Missouri, apartment June 29 killed 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro as he slept in his bed.

The effort to reduce violent crime is named in LeGend's honor.