Parsons police arrested a Chanute man early Friday after he allegedly held a Parsons woman at gunpoint.

Police were called at 4:16 a.m. Friday to the 1400 block of South 25th Street at the Mendota Creek Apartments. The report was of a possible hostage situation where a woman was being held at gunpoint, according to a Parsons Police Department release.

Officer Ryan Shirk and Cpl. Cheryl Siu walked to the apartment and multiple people were leaving.

When ordered to show officers their hands one person ran toward a nearby tree line. Officer Shirk gave chase. The person made it inside the tree line before complying with the officer’s command to come out.

Garyl L. Allen, 31, of Chanute was arrested.

The investigation revealed that Allen dropped a black semi-automatic pistol in the tree line when he was apprehended. The alleged victim also reported that while being held against her will her hair was burned with a propane torch. A torch was located at the apartment.

Officers received consent to search a vehicle that Allen allegedly had been traveling in. In the vehicle, officers found a stolen Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun and suspected cocaine. The gun had been stolen in Wichita. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will weigh and test the suspected drugs, the release said.

Allen is being held on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated robbery, criminal damage to property, possession of controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

“Active situations are dynamic and can easily spin out of control,” Police Chief Robert Spinks said in the release. “Everyone involved in this situation is fortunate that there were no injuries. This is a family oriented apartment complex, and we continue to seek information on criminal activity in this neighborhood.”

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 (620) 421-7060, the tip line at 421-7057 or email

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