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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Carjacking case: City marshals find suspect in stolen vehicle

  • Shawnee city marshals, with the help of an observant off-duty police officer, nabbed a suspect Tuesday as he was allegedly trying to remove an interlock system from a stolen vehicle in a carjacking case.
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  • Shawnee city marshals, with the help of an observant off-duty police officer, nabbed a suspect Tuesday as he was allegedly trying to remove an interlock system from a stolen vehicle in a carjacking case.
    Shawnee Police Sgt. Dan Shumaker identified the arrested suspect as Jason A. Stout, 28, who was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. He was being held Tuesday night on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle and assault and battery on a police officer, jail records showed.
    Formal charges have not been filed.
    The weekend carjacking incident occurred at the Circle K convenience store at 4848 N. Kickapoo, where an Arizona woman got back into her car after pumping gasoline. She told police a white male who had red hair and was wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt got into her vehicle and asked about gold coins, the report shows.
    The suspect allegedly brandished a knife and held it to the woman’s throat as he instructed her to give him her purse, the narrative reads. The suspect took several hundred dollars from the woman’s wallet as well as her cell phone; she exited the vehicle and the suspect drove off in her car going northbound, the report shows. The woman told police she did not know the suspect.
    Shumaker said events leading up to Tuesday’s arrest began when Shawnee Police Cpl. James Wood, who was on his day off, spotted an individual who was wanted by detectives for questioning about crimes that have occurred in Shawnee.
    That man, later identified as Stout, fled the area but Wood was able to get a tag number to alert City Marshals Tom Cartwright and Brad Sherrill, Shumaker said.
    That tag led city marshals to check out an address on Lake Road, he said, where they discovered Stout inside the stolen vehicle that was taken during the Circle K carjacking. Stout was reportedly “trying to remove the interlock system” when the officers arrived, Shumaker said.
    Stout has theft charges on his record dating back to 2004, Shumaker said. Pottawatomie County court records show those include three previous felonies of possession of a stolen vehicle, including a 2014 case for which Stout is currently on probation for a 10-year suspended sentence.
    A report from city marshals regarding Tuesday’s arrest is still awaited; all case reports from this investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.
    Watch for any updates.

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