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Suspect arrested for warrant, assault, criminal threat


PARSONS, Kan. — A suspect was recently arrested for aggravated assault and criminal threat, as well as a previously active warrant, following an incident last week, the Parsons Police Department announced Monday. 

Shortly before midnight on Jan. 31, PPD officers were called to the area of 1500 S. 25th St. for a report of a disturbance involving a firearm. Officers arrived and spoke with the reporting victim and other witnesses, and learned that an altercation had allegedly taken place between the reporting victim and Tyreece Demott Kendrick, 23, of Parsons, according to the PPD. Kendrick allegedly used a firearm in the incident, while threatening the victim and physical harm to the victim’s child, who was not there at the time. The victim produced their own firearm and Kendrick fled from the scene, according to the PPD.  

The victim stated that after leaving the area, Kendrick was seen again standing off to the side of the road, the PPD said. The victim allegedly heard a gunshot as the victim drove past where Kendrick had been standing with no one else seen in the area. 

Officers searched the immediate area and did not find Kendrick, but after expanding their search, officers located Kendrick at a residence in the 1200 block of Ward Avenue where he was taken into custody. Kendrick also had an active arrest warrant. Officers used one of the PPD’s K9 teams in a search of the crime scene. 

Kendrick has been charged in Labette County District Court with aggravated assault and criminal threat in connection with this incident, the PPD said. 

“I am glad that the victim in this case was not physically harmed, but these types of actions and threats cannot go unpunished,” Lt. Kyle Wiford said in a press release. “This behavior is what leads to further violence in our community. Our patrol officers did a great job in looking beyond the initial search and locating Kendrick. He was taken into custody in a swift and effective manner.”  

This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It,” the PPD said. If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, they are asked to contact the PPD at 620-421-7060, call the department’s tip line at 620-421-7057, or email at tips@parsonspd.com.