UPDATE Nov. 14, 2018: An 18-year-old is facing multiple felony charges after an alleged carjacking near Eldon Tuesday and a subsequent police chase that traveled through three counties.
From Belton, Mo., Kayondez Ronelle Avalo has been charged in Morgan County with felony drug possession, felony unlawful use of a weapon and felony resisting arrest by fleeing. According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, Avalo is being held in the Morgan County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash-only bond.
The police pursuit began in Morgan County from Highway 52 as deputies watched the thoroughfare for the vehicle following the report of the robbery. The pursuit also traveled through Moniteau and Pettis counties.
Avalo has also been charged in Miller County with first degree robbery and armed criminal action, both felonies, related to the alleged theft of a vehicle at gunpoint. A warrant in the Miller County case has been issued with a $200,000 bond.
INITIAL REPORT Nov. 13, 2018: A police chase Tuesday that allegedly began with a vehicle stolen at gunpoint south of Eldon covered multiple jurisdictions before police were able to apprehend the suspect near Sedalia.
According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Miller County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen vehicle south of Eldon around 10:25 a.m. Nov. 13, 2018. It was reported that the vehicle was stolen at gunpoint. Morgan County deputies responded to Highway 52 East to watch for the described vehicle, and around 10:45 a.m., the vehicle was observed traveling west on Highway 52 in Morgan County near Big Rock Road.
The vehicle allegedly failed to yield near Highway 52 and Brookside Road and continued westbound on Highway 52.
As the pursuit started, Morgan County R-1 in Stover and Morgan County R-2 in Versailles were placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure due to the concern that the suspect was armed.
More deputies staged at Save A Lot in Versailles, in wait for the suspect. Stop sticks were deployed, but the driver was able to evade them and traveled to Highway 5, turning north towards Fortuna.
Ahead of the suspect vehicle, state troopers then attempted to deploy stop sticks at Moreau Creek Bridge south of Fortuna but were also unsuccessful. That attempt was followed by another stop stick deployment by the Tipton Police Department at Highway 5 and Route NN.
The suspect continued to evade police and the stop sticks, and the pursuit traveled to Tipton and onto Westbound US Highway 50.
According to the press release, several more stop-stick deployments by state troopers and Pettis County deputies ensued starting at the Pettis-Morgan County line. Finally, one of the deployments was successful and the right rear tire was deflated. The vehicle continued with the deflated tire though.
During yet another stop-stick deployment near the eastern city limits of Sedalia, the suspect lost control of the vehicle while evading the stop sticks. Spinning out of control, the vehicle struck the south ditch of US 50 at Rissler Road.
The driver was taken into custody without further incident. A Smith and Wesson pistol and approximately three pounds of high-grade marijuana were allegedly found inside the vehicle.
Agencies involved in the pursuit included the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Versailles Police Department, Tipton Police Department, Moniteau County Sheriff’s Office, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The suspects name was withheld pending formal charges.