April 21, 2014

Law enforcement, elected officials, former classmate react to charges against suspected highway shooter

Kansas City area law enforcement and elected officials expressed their relief and gratitude at the arrest and charging of a suspect in 9 shooting incidents on highways in the Kansas City area since March 8.

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker (photo courtesy, KSSZ in Columbia)

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker (photo courtesy, KSSZ in Columbia)

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has filed 9 counts of shooting into a vehicle and 9 counts of armed criminal action against 27-year-old Mohammed Pedro Whitaker of Grandview.

“Tonight might be a good night to sleep,” Peters Baker said in a media conference at which she announced the charges. “It’s been a few nights without that for so many of us.”

Whitaker could face life in prison if convicted. Peters Baker says more charges could be filed against him.

The shots Whitaker is accused of firing struck and wounded three people.

“The victims in this case … are from throughout the Metro area,” says Peters Baker. “This has impacted all of us. Each side of State Line (Road). It’s been something that’s been at the heart and thoughts of all of us since the day this case first broke.”

Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte says it was 10 days after a formal briefing across law enforcement agencies that Whitaker was arrested.

“The successful apprehension was the result of cooperation, collaboration, and to me, the support of the community,” said Forte. “We can have all the resources and those sorts of things but without the piece from the community, we’d be nowhere.”

Kansas City Mayor Sly James also thanked the Metro region’s residents for their help.

“But for the tips that were received,” says James, “The apprehension may not have happened. The public engaged in this.”

Whitaker is a former Columbia resident and a 2004 graduate of Moberly Senior High School.

One former friend and classmate of Whitaker’s told Missourinet affiliate KWIX in Moberly she didn’t think he was capable of such acts.

“Not at all,” she says. “He was just a normal kid. He was a class clown. He always cut up. He was very fun.”

Forte says police decided early in the investigation to control the release of information, and he says that will continue.

“We wanted to say some things about a few things but as we thought about it we decided not to, and again it worked out well,” says Forte. “This is an ongoing investigation. I won’t give you a lot of detail about anything because we want to continue what we started with.”

Authorities believe 12 shootings are related, mostly in Kansas City but other happened in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs and Leawood. The wounds sustained by the three people who were struck were not considered life-threatening.

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Kansas City area highway shooting suspect identified, charged

The Jackson County Prosecutor has announced 18 felony charges stemming from 9 shooting incidents on highways in the Kansas City area against 27-year-old Mohammed Pedro Whitaker of Grandview.

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker (photo courtesy, KSSZ in Columbia)

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker (photo courtesy, KSSZ in Columbia)

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has filed 9 counts of shooting into a vehicle and 9 counts of armed criminal action against Whitaker. Whitaker could face life in prison if convicted.

Peters Baker says more charges could be filed later.

Three people sustained non-life-threatening wounds in the shootings that began March 8. Authorities believe 12 shootings are related, mostly in Kansas City but other happened in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs and Leawood.

Whitaker is a 2004 graduate of Moberly Senior High School and a former Columbia resident.

 

KWIX in Moberly and KSSZ in Columbia contributed to this report

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Suspect arrested in Kansas City area highway shootings

Police in Kansas City have arrested a man believed to be responsible for a series of shootings on highways throughout the city and surrounding region in recent weeks.

“Highway shooter suspect in custody,” Police Chief Darryl Forté announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The Kansas City Star reports police raided a residence in Grandview and made the arrest. They towed away a vehicle with an Illinois license plate. Forté later said he could not release the man’s name or more details but said he wanted to make the arrest known. He said no charges have been filed and an investigation continues.

Three people were injured in the shootings that began March 8. Authorities believe 12 shootings are related, mostly in Kansas City but some in surrounding communities.

Man accused of sex torture of 6 women, police say maybe more

A St. Louis County man sodomized and tortured six separate women in his apartment over a period of years according to an indictment outlining 19 counts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, the charges against 29-year-old Adam Michael Capriglione include forcible rape, sodomy, felonious restraint and sexual exploitation of a minor.

The alleged crimes date back to 2007 when Capriglione filmed a child having sex. He is also accused of choking one woman until she lost consciousness, burning her with heated scissors, cutting her and beating her with a rubber mallet.

Police say he could have more victims.

Kansas charges Missouri man with murder in shootings at Jewish facilities

Murder charges have been field against the Aurora, Missouri man accused of fatally shooting three people Sunday outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kansas.

Frazier Glenn Cross, Junior, better known as F. Glenn Miller, is charged with one count of capital murder for the killings of 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center. He is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 53-year-old Terri LaManno outside the Village Shalom senior living facility.

For capital murder, Cross could be sentenced to life without parole unless prosecutors seek the death penalty. A first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

Cross could still face federal charges. One possibility is that he could be charged with using a weapon in a hate crime, which would be eligible for a federal death penalty.

Cross has a history of holding and promoting anti-Semetic and racist positions.   He founded the South Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s and served as its “grand dragon.”