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

Police were called at 4:16 am 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. 


Shooting in Parsons investigated; possible

link to other incidents

PARSONS — Parsons police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of the PK Bar and Grill, 2106 Crawford, early Sunday morning. The first calls were received by dispatch at 2:08 am.

Upon arrival, police units saw a large bar crowd estimated at 100 individuals gathered in the parking lot.

Officers located one gunshot victim laying in the southeast part of the bar parking lot. The victim, a man in his 60s whose name is not being released at this time, had a single gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to Labette Health by ambulance and was then transferred to Joplin. No other victims were located at the bar.

The suspect or suspects had left the scene before police arrived.

One vehicle in the parking lot had damage from multiple gunshots. Police impounded that vehicle.

Mike Powell, commander for the Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (K-CAT), interviewed potential witnesses. Police were surprised that the vast number of people interviewed did not see, hear or observe the shooter(s). “Given the large number of patrons at the bar, it’s a wonder no one else was shot,” said Powell. “The evidence and leads we have so far indicated that this crime was not a random act of violence but was in fact targeting an individual or individual(s) who left the scene. We believe our gunshot victim was not the intended target of this assault.”

Police collected shell casings.

“Additional leads are being tracked down by detectives,” said Parsons Chief of Police Robert Spinks.

Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd met with family members at the hospital and at their home. Dodd said, “There are similarities between this shooting and the two open shooting investigations from May. Building a criminal case to the point of turning persons of interest into arrestable suspects who can be prosecuted rests in part on victims and witnesses being forthcoming.”

The Kansas Office of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), which regulates liquor establishments, has also been notified of this investigation.


Arrests made in

separate sexual crimes

Neosho County deputies arrested a Thayer man Thursday and a Moran man Sunday on separate sexual crime allegations.

Levi Hallacy, 29, Thayer, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly broke into a house on Aug. 10 and attacked an occupant who was unconscious and powerless. He also allegedly approached another victim at her residence Aug. 2 and offered money for a sexual act.

Formal charges are pending Monday afternoon. Investigators recommended charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated criminal sodomy in the Aug. 10 incident and soliciting sexual relations in the Aug. 2 incident.

Felony charges were filed in district court against Christopher Olds, 23, Moran, of electronic solicitation and indecent solicitation of a child. The electronic solicitation charge carries a prison term of 147 to 653 months and a fine of up to $300,000. Parents notified officers after Olds reportedly contacted a 14 year-old from Stark by telephone, internet and in person.

Other filings in Neosho County District Court include Shawna Riddle, no address listed, charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, felony and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and criminal trespassing at 1105 S. Garfield on Aug. 12.

John Bixler, Chanute, is charged with felony attempted burglary of a motor vehicle belonging to Wynona Baum and misdemeanor theft of a check from First Christian Church on Aug. 13.

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