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March 4, 2014

Police arrest suspect in robbery of mail carrier in east Kansas City

Independence police arrested a suspect who allegedly robbed a postal carrier in Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon.

Independence police arrested a suspect who allegedly robbed a postal carrier in Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect allegedly shifted through mail in a mail truck in the 2300 block of East 44th Street before fleeing in a Cheverolet Impala. A police helicopter soon spotted a possible suspect vehicle, but the driver sped away when patrol officers tried to stop him.

The driver headed east on Interstate 70, slowing briefly to let out a passenger along the interstate shoulder, before winding through east Kansas City streets, right past a police patrol station, and speeding into Independence on Truman Road.

About 1:30 p.m., Independence officers used stop sticks to flatten the car’s tires. The driver eventually slowed to 20 mph before pulling over near Wilson Road. Independence police quickly took him into custody, according to a narrative provided by an officer flying overhead in the Kansas City police helicopter.

Police reported that U.S. Postal inspectors were headed to the crime scene to investigate.

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