Independence police detectives arrested one of two suspects in an attempted home burglary after a four-hour search and the temporary lockdown of two schools.
Crews on scene also saw police take a woman into custody in handcuffs about 4:30 p.m. and tow away her car, but it's unclear what her relationship is to the crime.
Police are looking for one more suspect described as a white man in his mid 20s, roughly 6'1" tall, with dark hair and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with black stenciling on it.
"I felt really violated," homeowner Scott Kunkle said.
The front door of Kunkle's house was left ajar, a sign of a hasty retreat after he came home about 12:45 p.m. and surprised two burglars in his house.
"As soon as I got out of the car, I looked out at my back door, saw it was open and then one of the suspects ran out," he said.
Soon after, a second guy ran out the front of Kunkle's house.
"I just told him to come on and talk to me, the police are on their way, I'm on the phone with them, so he approached me. I told him to keep his distance," Kunkle said.
Kunkle said the suspect was trying to get to a green minivan they had parked in the driveway and the guy kept saying he wanted his cigarettes.
"I went to get cigarettes out of the car, and right next to that was the 357 magnum, sitting in the middle of the console," Kunkle said. "I thought, ‘I'm glad it's there and not in their hands,' honestly, because I wasn't ready for that."
Kunkle said both the suspects ran off into the wooded area behind his house without any stolen goods from his house.
There are two schools on the other side of the trees, Korte Elementary and Nowlin Middle School, that both went into lockdown during the early parts of the search.
"We called them and they decided to go ahead and lock the schools down, just for safety's sake, as a precaution," said Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry
Police weren't sure if the two guys had any weapons with them when they ran off. They were asking anyone who might have spotted them to stay away and call police.
The victim said it looked like the suspects may have been involved in more thefts. Kunkle said they had piled up electronics and things to steal at his back door and had what looked like more stolen goods from other places already in their van.
"Hopefully justice in the end, and that will keep other people from having any problems with these characters," he said.
Police said their K-9 found the one suspect they now have in custody. They believe the second suspect has left the area.
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