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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Barricaded below: Police pull suspect from hole in home's crawl space

  • Police arrested a burglary suspect Monday after a four-hour standoff, with officers pulling that suspect from a waist-deep hole where he was hiding in the home's crawl space.
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  • Police arrested a burglary suspect Monday after a four-hour standoff, with officers pulling that suspect from a waist-deep hole where he was hiding in the home’s crawl space.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said police received a breaking and entering call at 113 W. Independence about 7:26 a.m.
    The chief said the suspect, Robert Leroy Gore, 33, had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s home. She wasn’t there, he said, but Gore allegedly broke in through a window when the teenagers who were home wouldn’t answer the door.
    Police were called and arrived at the residence, Frantz said, where they found Gore standing in the doorway. He ran back inside, Frantz said, where he reportedly cut a hole in the floor to access the crawl space beneath that home.
    Police, who tried to make contact with Gore, learned from the teens that Gore was hiding underneath that house.
    Because Gore was someone known to have weapons it the past, Frantz said, the SWAT team was called in “to err on the side of caution.”
    Authorities, including Shawnee police and city marshals, Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies, Sac and Fox police and state troopers, worked the scene as police tried to negotiate with Gore to surrender.
    Frantz said the Sac and Fox officers provided their Throwbot, a robotic device which was used to give officers a view under that home, but they still couldn’t see the suspect.
    “We finally had to send officers in,” Frantz said.
    As they accessed the crawl space, they saw footprints and a shovel, and then located Gore in a hole.
    “He had dug a hole waist-deep,” the chief said, adding Gore had pulled dirt around that hole and the floor joists in an attempt to hide. Gore was pulled from underneath the home and taken into police custody.
    Frantz said Gore was unarmed.
    In addition to new complaints of burglary and resisting arrest, Gore also was jailed on two outstanding county warrants and five city warrants, said Sgt. Dan Shumaker. Gore was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, where he remained jailed Monday evening without bond.
    Formal charges have not been filed regarding Monday’s incident, but case reports will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.
    Online records show Gore has numerous prior felony convictions dating back to 1999. He also was incarcerated with the Department of Corrections on charges including burglary, assault on a police officer and knowingly concealing stolen property.
    At the time of his arrest, Gore had an outstanding warrant issued in June for two felony counts of bringing drugs into a jail institution. DOC records also show he began serving a 15 year suspended sentence in February and is on probation until 2029 for a Pottawatomie County case of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
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