Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday accused a Belton man of participating in a September home invasion during which one intruder dressed as a police officer and two intruders waved handguns featuring mounted flashlights.
Kenneth W. Bishop, 31, is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery in the Sept. 26 incident in Kansas City.
Court documents allege that Bishop and two other men kicked in the doors of a home in the 1600 block of Hardesty Avenue.
The three intruders ordered the three occupants to lie on the floor at gunpoint while they searched the home for someone who they claimed had failed to register as a sex offender. They didn’t find him. They soon left without taking any property.
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Surveillance video showed that one of the men wore a police-style tactical vest with the word “police” or “sheriff” written on it and that another man had a tattoo on the right side of his neck.
Bishop has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. One of the victims identified Bishop as the intruder who stayed on the front porch for most of the incident.
Three other home invasions recently have been reported in Kansas City involving individuals impersonating police officers.
Missouri Department of Corrections records indicate that Bishop is on parole for multiple convictions of burglary and other charges.
The Star’s Tony Rizzo contributed to this report.