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Two in custody after KCPD chase ends in possible hostage situation in North KC

Two are taken into custody after car chase, standoff with police in North Kansas City

Two people were in custody after a possible hostage situation unfolded in North Kansas City Wednesday morning. (No Audio)
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Two people were in custody after a possible hostage situation unfolded in North Kansas City Wednesday morning. (No Audio)

Two people were in custody after a possible hostage situation unfolded in North Kansas City Wednesday morning.

The situation developed about 10:15 a.m. near Vivion and Antioch after police chased an SUV linked to a property damage and assault investigation in Clay County, according to the Kansas City Police Department.

The SUV stopped east of the Bond Bridge and Interstate 29 and the driver refused to come out, police said.

At one point, an occupant opened the rear door and fell out of the vehicle. Police said the person was restrained with their hands tied and officers determined a potential kidnapping had taken place.

Police said they tried to use less-than-lethal force to break out the windows of the vehicle so they could talk with the driver.

Officers brought in an armored vehicle, and as they were getting it into position the driver in the SUV tried to flee from officers again. After a brief chase, police used a tactical move to spin out the SUV.

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The armored vehicle and police cars then blocked the SUV. Officers deployed irritant gas into the vehicle and a man and a woman surrendered. The incident ended near North American Safety Valve in the 1700 block of Warren Street.

Nearby businesses were placed on lockdown.

Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.
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