Two Southeast Kansas men each face multiple charges for allegedly breaking in to an Altamont residence early Saturday and threatening people living there.

According to a release from Altamont Police Chief Michael Shields, at 2:09 a.m. Saturday a 911 caller reported that two men had entered a home in Altamont and assaulted two adults living there with brass knuckles and a gun.

Labette County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charlie Brown was in Altamont when the call came in and he responded. Brown saw two people leaving the residence at 207 S. Huston. Shields wrote in the release that Brown directed both men to stop, but both ran. Brown captured Richard Sanchez of Columbus after a brief chase. The other man continued to run.

As officers with Altamont Police Department and other sheriff’s deputies arrived, a search began for the second man. During the search, officers located a handgun and brass knuckles where Sanchez was detained. Deputies believed these to be the weapons used during the assault as described by the victims, according to the release.

Officers and deputies continued to investigate and search for the second man. Altamont police were notified of a person matching the description of the second man who was seen walking northbound on U.S. 59. Officers responded and found and arrested Cody Scott of Girard. 

Both men were taken to the Labette County Jail.

Shields thanked Brown, Altamont police, Oswego police and other sheriff’s deputies who worked together to arrest both men.

“This is an excellent example of the great working relationship between departments within the county. We all work hard to combat the criminal elements that appear in our communities,” Shields wrote in the release.

On Monday, Cody A. Scott, 23, made a first appearance in Labette County District Court on a complaint alleging aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat and three counts of aggravated endangering a child. All counts are felonies, but the burglary charge requires a prison term upon conviction. Scott remains jailed on a $50,000 bond.

Richard A. Sanchez, 29, Columbus, faces the same charges as Scott. He also faces an additional misdemeanor count of criminal use of weapons for having metal knuckles. Sanchez made a first appearance on Monday in Judge Steve Stockard’s courtroom via the Zoom online meeting platform from jail. “Mr. Sanchez. I’m a little disappointed to see you,” Stockard said. “I understand,” Sanchez replied. Stockard recused himself from handling the case because he previously represented Sanchez on “multiple cases.” He referred the case to Judge Fred W. Johnson. Sanchez remains jailed on a $50,000 bond.

According to the complaint, the battery charge relates to Sanchez and Scott allegedly battering a man in the house with the metal knuckles. The assault charge relates to Sanchez and Scott threatening the man and a woman with a HiPoint 9 mm handgun. The children in the house were aged 10, 7 and 4 years.

Scott will return to court on Dec. 14. If released on bond, he is to report for bond supervision, refrain from using drugs and alcohol (random drug tests were ordered), refrain from having contact with the victims and refrain from possessing firearms.

First appearance paperwork did not show up in Sanchez’ court file so a court date was not available.

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