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Four men charged after kidnapping attempt leads to gunfire, home invasion, chase

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Suspects from top left counterclockwise: Jonathan Fields, Joshua Fields, Marlyn Standifer and Theodore Watkins. Suspects from top left counterclockwise: Jonathan Fields, Joshua Fields, Marlyn Standifer and Theodore Watkins.

Four Kansas City men have been charged in the home invasion and the ensuing high-speed chase that occurred Friday morning in south Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Saturday.

Marlyn L. Standifer, 25, Joshua L. Fields, 29, Jonathan L. Fields, 30, and Theodore Watkins, 23, all of Kansas City, face charges of first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and two counts of armed criminal action.

Police continue to investigate the chaotic scene in which a man was shot multiple times while taking out the trash, and the suspects later fired shots after bursting into a neighbor's home.

The man taking out the trash was shot at least four times including a wound to his neck and leg, according to a neighbor who came to his aid. The man, who is in critical but stable condition, is in an area hospital. One of the suspects suffered a graze to his head, possibly from a gunshot, during the melee.

Police have released few details about the crimes, as they work to unravel what occurred starting about 7:45 a.m. in the Ruskin Heights area. This occurred near East 111th Terrace and Winchester Avenue.

Nicole Williams said she was getting ready to leave her home to put out her own trash, when she noticed a maroon van moving very slowly through the neighborhood. She said three suspects jumped out of the vehicle and accosted her neighbor, as he was taking out his trash.

"When they saw Curtis, they hopped out on him and put him at gunpoint, and made him go between the houses," she said.

She called 911 as the suspects forced her neighbor into bushes near his home. She heard multiple shots ring out.

The man staggered to Williams' home for aid as the suspects then burst into another neighbor's home. Williams said she frantically began to tend to the man's wounds including ripping off his shirt. She said he was shot at least four times and perhaps more.

She said she told him, "Stay calm. Everything is going to be OK."

She said the man told her that he was shot, because he refused their order to go to a nearby neighbor's home and knock on the door, creating a ruse for them to be able to force their way in.

"He was talking, but he was going in and out," she said.

But police say the man was forced to go to the door, knocked, went in and was injured when gunfire rang out inside that home.

The suspects forced their way into the home where a man, woman and three children were.

The man in the home confronted the suspects, and Williams said she heard gunfire inside the home. That homeowner was not injured and the suspects fled. Police are investigating.

As police and ambulances responded to the scene, officers began to chase the van, which had Kansas license plates. Speeds reached 80 mph and wound through Kansas City and Lee's Summit with the suspects driving the wrong way on city streets.

After about 20 minutes, the chase ended when the van crashed into some streets near the intersection of southbound Highway 350 and Colbern Road and the suspects were taken into custody. The van had its rear window shot out at some point during the chaos.

Police also deployed stop sticks.

Missouri Highway Patrol assisted in the chase.

Prosecutors requested $250,000 cash bonds on Standifer and Joshua Fields and $150,000 bonds on the other two defendants.

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