Parsons police arrested a suspect in an armed robbery on Monday night about two hours after the crime was committed.

After making contact with a resident of a home in the 1300 block of Wilson Avenue, Parsons Police Sgt. Brice Dickens and Officer Christian Smith arrested the suspect, Jumani Damu Ngozi Coleman, 24, of Parsons, without incident.

Police were called at 9:08 p.m. Monday to Pete’s convenience store, 1430 Main St. Officers secured the business and the area surrounding it to collect evidence and speak to the eyewitnesses.

Based on witness statements, the police identified Coleman as the suspect, and security footage from the store corroborated the statements, according to a report from the police department. The suspect was reported as fleeing the area southbound on South 15th Street with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police began to search for Coleman, and a lead was developed on his location in the 1300 block of Wilson. Officers set up a perimeter of the residence due to the violent nature of the call and officer’s knowledge of Coleman fleeing in the past. Coleman was also identified as being on parole through the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The officers interviewed others in the residence and applied for a search warrant, which was granted by a Labette County District Court judge. During the course of the search, clothing matching the description by witnesses and the surveillance video was located along with money believed to be taken from Pete’s. Officers were also able to locate the weapon that was allegedly used in the robbery in the same area as the clothes and money. The weapon was identified as a pellet gun, which was made to resemble a Taurus semiautomatic pistol. 

Parsons Police Detective Kyle Wiford said “the cooperation of the witnesses and victims of this heinous crime allowed for a speedy arrest of a convicted felon. This cooperation and the responding officer’s dedication to duty put yet another felon in the courts hand for judicial justice.” 

Officers notified Coleman’s parole officer, and an arrest and detain order was also issued. Coleman was taken to the Parsons Police Department. Charges for aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and theft are being requested through the Labette County Attorney’s Office. 

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “I love that ‘See It, Hear It, Report It’ has again prevailed in Parsons. It is refreshing that the citizens of Parsons have adopted the motto to help clean up the criminal element in their great community. This incident was ended in a quick arrest of the suspect in approximately two hours. This is attributed to the quick and decisive action of the reposing officers and the cooperation of the witnesses.”

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