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Sheriff: Man posing as bail bondsman turns himself in

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Andrew V. Hendrickson Andrew V. Hendrickson
WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said a man a mother said pretended to want to help bond her son out of jail, and instead stole her money, has turned himself in.

Lt. Kelli Bailiff with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department told KCTV5 on Saturday that 29-year-old Andrew V. Hendrickson of Overland Park, KS, walked up to the same window he allegedly approached in July and told the clerk he was turning himself in because he saw on the news that he was posing as a fake bail bondsman.

"It (suspect turns self in after seeing themselves on the news) happens more than maybe what gets aired on television, but usually it's our team going out and looking for people," Bailiff said. "But we certainly like it when they come to us. Maybe they just realize that law enforcement here in Wyandotte County's not going to tolerate it so they're going to turn themselves in and we like it that way."

Hendrickson was put under a 48-hour hold at the Wyandotte County Jail while investigators decide on charges.

The fake bail bondsman was very bold. He stood in the Wyandotte County Courthouse intake area and talked to the clerk at the window, making the victim think he was bonding her son out. But the surveillance camera rolling the whole time shows the man never handed over any money or paperwork to the clerk.

The man pretended to be a bail bondsman July 26. The victim, Olga Nunez, met him at the Wyandotte County Jail. She gave him $1,500 hoping she would be reunited with her son but in Spanish she told KCTV5's Sandra Olivas she never imagined she would be robbed just a few feet away from where law enforcement officers work.

"Unfortunately, they did it in a place like a jail. They weren't scared one bit to do this right in front of the authorities," Nunez said to Olivas in Spanish, who translated for her.

She said her son met an inmate who said he had a friend who was a bondsman who could help her get him out of jail. Her son's bond was $5,000, but the bondsman told her he would cut her a deal and only charge her $1,500. Nunez said she had to work very hard to come up with the money, even borrowing some of it from friends.

"The truth is, I don't believe it is just what they have done to me. It was done in bad faith," Nunez said.

"He walks back outside and says ‘ma'am, I need to go to my car and get more paperwork' and he never came back," Bailiff said.

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department said this is the first scam they have heard about of this nature, but they want to make sure it's the man's last.

"It's been almost a month, and we don't have leads on who this person is. We are asking anyone to text or call the TIPS Hotline and tell us who this person is," Bailiff said when KCTV5 first ran the story.

Nunez said she feels depressed because her own son still sits in jail and, after this robbery, she has no hope of coming up with the money to get him released.

"I want the public's help in locating this person because I think he's dedicated himself to robbing people. He doesn't know the struggle and sacrifice one makes to come up with this money. And more importantly, the desperation I feel to see my son out of jail," she said Friday.

The suspect wasn't working alone that day in July. The inmate who was Nunez's son's friend was out of jail and was outside with her during the transaction. He then told her to wait a few hours and her son would be released.

If convicted, Hendrickson will most likely have to re-pay the $1,500. Police said while this is the only case of a scam of this kind that they've had any reports of, they are seeking anybody else who may have been victimized.

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