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Man allegedly breaks into, sets fire, floods US Bank building at 104th and Holmes

Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 13:43:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KCPD is investigating at the U.S. Bank building at 104th and Holmes after a man allegedly broke in and flooded several floors.

Police were called to the building because an alarm was going off. When they got there, they found a broken door. Once inside, they found a man on the third floor and held him at gunpoint before taking him into custody.

Officers later determined there had been a fire inside the building, which presumably set off the sprinklers, flooding the building from the third floor down.

KCPD Sgt. Robert Deyaeghere says it's uncertain what the man's motive was.

"Honestly, we have no idea what he was doing there, he did quite a bit of property damage,"  Sgt. Deyaeghere said. "It's like a waterfall from the third floor down."

The man in custody gave police the impression there was a second person inside. Officers cleared the building with a police dog and did not find anyone else.

Police described the building as “very swampy” with an extensive amount of damage, which U.S. Bank management said they need to assess.

There was security personnel on site at the time of the break-in. 

Police are investigating the incident as a burglary, but aren’t sure if the man managed to steal anything.

The bomb and arson team is taking over the part of the investigation dealing with the fire.