Crime

Second man is charged in Kansas City home invasion

Wesley W. Bowman
Wesley W. Bowman

A second man has been accused in a September home invasion in Kansas City during which intruders acted as if they were police officers.

Wesley W. Bowman, 29, of Belton, allegedly wore a police-style tactical vest and aviator-style glasses during the Sept. 26 crime. Jackson County prosecutors charged him Thursday with first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery.

According to court records, three men kicked their way into a home in the 1600 block of Hardesty Avenue. Two waved handguns with mounted flashlights. The intruders ordered three occupants to lie on the floor while they searched for someone who they claimed had failed to register as a sex offender. They didn’t find him and soon left.

Surveillance video showed one intruder wearing aviator-style glasses and a police-style tactical vest with “police” or “sheriff” written on it. One victim later identified Bowman as that intruder.

Earlier this week, prosecutors charged Kenneth Bishop, 31, also of Belton, with first-degree burglary and attempted robbery in the incident.

Three other home invasions recently have been reported in Kansas City involving people impersonating police officers.

Brian Burnes: 816-234-4120, @BPBthree

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