Parsons police arrested three men, one of them after a foot chase, on Wednesday for attempting to pass fraudulent checks.
Police were called to Labette Bank, 2121 Main, to investigate.
When officers arrived, two men were identified and detained while one man reportedly left the group’s vehicle prior to officers’ arrival. A quick search of the area led to the discovery of Jaelyn Jamal Lee, 23 of Parsons walking in the 2300 block of Main. When Lee spotted Officer Jordan Tomlinson, Lee took off on foot, leading Tomlinson on a foot chase through a residential area. Lee was captured in the 2300 block of Corning by Sgt. Joel Franklin and Police Chief Robert Spinks. Lee was arrested on an outstanding city of Parsons municipal warrant. He is also being held on suspicion of interference with law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
The investigation showed that the two men in the vehicle allegedly were passing stolen checks. The checks were from Columbus and one had been passed at the Labette Bank branch at 2121 Main. The men attempted to pass another check at the west branch of Labette Bank at 3130 Main, but the tellers were given an expired Oklahoma driver’s license that is also suspected of being stolen. When the men were denied at the west branch they returned to the main branch and again attempted to pass a check. This time the bank called Parsons police.
Zachery Wolfe Pekar-Bates, 24, of Parsons and Tyler Scott Sizemore, 27, of Parsons were arrested in connection with the forgery.
The Parsons Police Department is seeking three counts of forgery, one count of theft and two counts of attempted theft. More charges may be filed based on the investigation.
Police Chief Spinks said, “This is another example of excellent observation skills by our patrol staff and ‘see it, hear it, report it’ working together to stop nefarious activity. Officer Tomlinson was key in running down Lee through streets and back yards. He’s a tenacious officer. This will hopefully lead to a solid conviction and a lengthy jail term for those involved.”
This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.”
If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, the tip line at 421-7057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.