Blue Springs motel evacuated as part of Leawood investigation - KCTV5

Blue Springs motel evacuated as part of Leawood investigation

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BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -

Officers evacuated a motel in Blue Springs as part of the investigation into a car jacking in Leawood, authorities said Friday.

Blue Springs police said that officers about 9 a.m. Friday surrounded America's Best Value Inn, which is at 901 NW Jefferson St. The motel is near Interstate 70 and Highway 7.

Leawood and Blue Springs police went to the motel while looking for suspects in a carjacking that happened late Thursday night. When no one answered the door, Blue Springs police said officers evacuated the motel and set up the command operations. Officers obtained a warrant so they could enter the room and gather evidence.

Police took four people into custody for questioning. The four were being held on charges unrelated to the Leawood car theft.

A fifth person was questioned and then released.

About 10:30 p.m. Thursday, three white men in their 20s approached a Leawood man in his driveway near 143rd Terrace and Windsor Circle in Leawood. The man had just arrived at his home and the suspects pulled in right behind him.

"Three men got out and said, 'My friend has been shot," said Leawood Capt. Kevin Cauley.

The men asked to use the Leawood resident's vehicle. The frightened man tried to turn off the vehicle as the suspects fled in his silver 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The man was not injured and no weapons were displayed.

"The victim was a little shaken up but he's doing fine," the police captain said.

A second vehicle was left at the scene, but no evidence was found inside supporting the claims of a shooting.

"They just use the ruse, 'my friend has been shot' and the next thing you know they hop in the guy's car and take off," Cauley said.

The stolen Jeep was found at the Blue Springs motel early Friday morning. The Jeep was returned to its rightful owner later in the day.

About 10 p.m. Thursday, Johnson County Sheriff's Office worked a call in the 15600 block of Overbrook Lane in which men approached a woman in her vehicle and tried to steal it under the same ruse. They were unsuccessful and it's believed to be related to the Leawood carjacking, authorities tell KCTV5.

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