Crime

August 28, 2014

Charges filed against homeless man accused of stealing KC police car

A homeless man driving a stolen Kansas City police car earlier this week called his father and complained the car couldn’t go faster than 130 mph, court documents contend. Joshua W. Boyd faces charges and remains a fugitive.

A homeless man driving a stolen Kansas City police car earlier this week called his father and complained the car couldn’t go faster than 130 mph, court documents contend.

Joshua W. Boyd, 30, also announced he was driving with a police-issued shotgun sitting in his lap. He told his father that he loved him and his siblings, and that he was going to visit his mother and grandmother, who are deceased, the court records say.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Boyd on Thursday with second-degree robbery and resisting arrest in connection with the Wednesday incident. He remained a fugitive Thursday.

According to court records:

Two police officers went to a gas station at 37th and Main streets about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a suspicious person who had told a clerk that someone was following him. At the store, Boyd told police he was schizophrenic and off his medications.

When an ambulance crew arrived to check on Boyd, he said, “That’s not a real ambulance” before dashing to the police car, climbing inside and trying to drive off. An officer leaned through the window and attempted to take the key from the ignition as the engine raced, but Boyd shifted the car into drive and fled.

Police chased in a second patrol car at speeds reaching 100 mph before losing sight of Boyd’s vehicle near 16th Street and Broadway.

Highway Patrol troopers located the car about 4 a.m. on Interstate 35 near Pattonsburg, Mo. Boyd was gone, as was the shotgun.

| The Star

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