Authorities searching along U.S. Highway 69 near Louisburg, KS, for suspect in home invasion.
Police received a 911 call from the woman who said three men forced their way into her home at knife point.
MIAMI COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -
Just over a week, after authorities began searching for three men, who they believe broke into a home and tied up the female occupant, the last suspect was captured.
This came after deputies arrested the second suspect Thursday in Miami County, KS, and the first suspect the day of the attack.
Authorities spent most of Tuesday, July 30 searching northeast of Louisburg, KS, near U.S. Highway 69 and 271st Street. Authorities with Kansas Highway Patrol, Louisburg and Paola police, as well as Miami and Johnson County sheriff's departments, concentrated a lot of their efforts in the wooded areas along the highway.
Wednesday about 11:50 a.m., a passerby, on Highway 69 near 247th Street, spotted a man who matched the description of one of the suspects. The Miami County undersheriff said they searched the area again, but didn't find anyone.
Thursday, about 10 p.m., deputies reported that they found and arrested the second suspect, leaving one still on the loose. They said someone had seen the photo released of their person of interest, and saw a man who looked similar hitchhiking on Highway 69 near 223rd Street.
Deputies said there was a possible sighting of the third man near 215th Street and Mission Road Friday, and they are searching the woods in that area, with no success.
The three men are believed to be part of a trio of suspects who broke into a Hillsdale home about 11:30 a.m. on July 30. Police said they tied the 62-year-old woman up, ransacked her home and fled.
A Louisburg police officer tried to pull over a car on U.S. Highway 69, after he saw the driver run a stoplight. Three Hispanic males got out of the car, and took off running into nearby woods. About the same time, police received a 911 call from the woman, who lives about 12 miles away, who said three men forced their way into her home at knifepoint.
Authorities said they are pretty confident the three men in both situations are the same.
The Miami County Sheriff's Office said officers tracked them to U.S. 69, and caught the first one relatively quickly.
Pastor Andy Keltaer said news of the manhunt spread like wildfire.
"People keep calling me, wondering what's going on. Asking if they should lock their doors," he said.
Those who live in the area said the news has them taking extra precautions.
"You don't know what they're going to do and stuff like that, so I figured I'd lock the doors, make sure that, when I leave, that way I don't have anybody sneak in while I'm gone, just to be safe," Keltaer said.
The three suspects are 23-year-old Julio Iris-Rivera of Kansas City, MO,
51-year-old Ruben Borden-Vasallo of Cleveland, OH, and 21-year-old Brian Romero
of Kansas City, KS.
was charged with interfering with law enforcement, both Vasallo and Romero were
charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Vasallo
was also charged with theft and burglary of a dwelling.
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