A man arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly broke into one house and attempted to get into a second made a first court appearance on Wednesday.
Mark L. Hendricks, 39, of Parsons, is charged in Labette County District Court with aggravated interference with a victim or witness, a mid-level felony, and a series of misdemeanors. These charges are criminal restraint, two counts of criminal trespass and two counts of criminal damage.
On Saturday, police were called at 1:42 a.m. to the 2100 block of Crawford on a report of an intoxicated man attempting to get into a house.
According to police, when officers arrived they observed Hendricks on the porch of the caller. Hendricks was intoxicated and identified by witnesses as the suspect. Officers detained Hendricks and a dispatcher received another 911 call from a neighbor stating that a man had broken into this house and was still there.
Officers investigated the second call and the victim identified Hendricks as the suspect. The investigation revealed that Hendricks had kicked in the front door to the house and allegedly kidnapped the resident after threatening to “shoot everything up.” The victim was able to escape from Hendricks and hide outside to call the police. Hendricks then left and walked to the next house.
Police arrested Hendricks on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, criminal threat, aggravated burglary and criminal damage.
On Wednesday, he made a first appearance on the charges in court in Oswego. Judge Fred W. Johnson asked Hendricks about his job and income to determine if he qualified for court-appointed counsel. Hendricks said he works at CST Storage. Judge Johnson said the income that Hendricks mentioned would place him right on line of qualifying for court-appointed counsel, so he appointed Alan Brereton to the case.
The judge asked County Attorney Stephen Jones about bond and Jones said the original setting was $100,000 when his office was considering other charges in the case, but Jones thought a $25,000 bond would be sufficient. He also requested electronic monitoring and bond supervision if Hendricks makes bond. Judge Johnson agreed to set bond at $25,000 with electronic monitoring and instructed Hendricks to avoid contact with victims or witnesses. Hendricks is also to avoid consuming alcohol and illegal drugs.
He will return to court on Feb. 18 in Parsons.
“Intoxication is not an excuse for criminal activity,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said. “Intoxication is a choice that is made and sometimes leads to even worse judgment. This incident seems to be isolated and not part of a larger problem.”
Jones said his office is still reviewing the case.
In other cases:
— Steven M. Leon, born in 1990, 1110 N. 20th, made a first appearance this week on five felony charges, aggravated residential burglary, possession of methamphetamine, aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and theft. He also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, criminal damage, possession of drug paraphernalia and domestic battery. Leon was arrested in late January after officers were called to his home for a domestic disturbance and possible drug overdose. Officers investigated and ambulance personnel found the overdose victim to be OK so all left. Police were called back 12 minutes later for a fight with a possible gun involved. Leon will return to court March 3. He remains jailed on bonds totaling $40,000.
— Jentri N. Wooden-Franklin, born in 1995, 1110 N. 20th, made a first appearance on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance. She is also charged with a misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia. Wooden-Franklin was released on her own recognizance and will return to court on March 3.
— Christian M. Scott, 24, Parsons, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, a felony, on Monday. The charge relates to an incident Nov. 27, 2019. He had been arrested for failure to appear for court but Judge Fred W. Johnson agreed to release Scott on his own recognizance pending sentencing. Sentencing will be March 16.