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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2018
Contact: Chief Rich Lockhart, 660.747.9133
SWAT Operation at 115 Broad St.
Around 6 am Warrensburg Officers received a call about a burglary at the Parks and Rec Maintenance building located in the 500 block of E. North St. Around that same time, a WPD officer saw a Parks and Rec truck driving in the area of Grover and College. Believing the vehicle may be involved in the burglary, he began to follow it. The vehicle eluded him for several blocks around the area and ended up stopping in the alley behind 109 Broad Street. An officer saw the driver flee from the vehicle on foot toward the rear of 115 Broad St, Apt C. Officers surrounded the building and brought in Sgt. Gunner for a track. They were able to track the suspect to the entry way of Apt. C. While searching the area for the suspect, officers discovered a large number of tools in the yard outside Apt. C. With the area secured, we began the process of applying for a search warrant to enter the apartment. The SWAT team was activated and we chose the SE corner of Broad and College as our assembly point. We then evacuated the other residents of 115 Broad as well as the residents at 113 and 117. Warrensburg Public Works responded and handled the traffic perimeter. Around 9am, the residents of 113 Broad responded to the command post and informed us there was a w/m subject in their building and they did not recognize him. When we showed them a picture of our possible suspect, they positively identified him as the subject in the apartment. At 922am, the entry team was sent to 113 Broad to conduct a search for the subject. The team searched the home and discovered 2 locked doors they did not have keys for. The property owner responded to the scene and provided the keys. When the officers opened one of the locked doors, they found the suspect. He was taken in to custody without incident and was identified as Jason B. Vacek, white/male, 02/06/1976. Vacek told us that his girlfriend was inside his apartment at 115 Broad, #C. The negotiator made phone contact with Vacek’s girlfriend, identified as Nicole M. Stansberry, white/female, 10/25/1983 and she confirmed she was in the apartment. We told her to come out and surrender to the tactical officers and she did. She was taken in to custody at 1059am without incident. Both subjects were booked at WPD and transported to the Johnson County jail to be held until we get warrants. Their mugshots are attached.
Vacek confessed to the Parks and Recreation burglary as well as the recent downtown burglaries. Detectives are working on contacting victims of those burglaries to return property. As of this email, a significant amount of stolen property has been returned, including many items that have sentimental value to their owners.
I need to thank several agencies as this was a huge team effort. The Johnson County Sheriff’s office and the Johnson County Ambulance District for their contributions to the joint SWAT team. The University of Central Missouri Public Safety department provided a tent and the use of their parking lot. Warrensburg Public Works provided traffic control assistance. Warrensburg Fire provided a tent, water and cooling stations. Jo Leigh Fisher from the Johnson County Prosecutor’s office provided pizza to the officers. The Investigations Division of the Johnson County Sheriff’s office provided investigative assistance. The property owner of 115 Broad for his response and cooperation and KCP&L for their assistance. Lastly, the men and women of the WPD did an outstanding job securing the scene and interviewing involved persons. I especially want to recognize WPD’s Investigation Division who worked hard and continue to work hard following leads and processing evidence. They are also working hard to return property to victims.
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