Man wanted in Colorado and Kansas arrested in Virginia

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Update (Friday, Aug. 4, 9:30 p.m.): A Colorado man who led Kansas officers on a chase through Harvey and Sedgwick counties earlier this month has been arrested in Virgina.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest of William Jason Roberts to our sister station in Roanoke, Va., WDBJ

After about a month on the run across the country, authorities tell WDBJ, Roberts was taken into custody without incident.

He is wanted out of Colorado on felony warrants.

On Aug. 2 in Kansas, he led authorities on a cross county chase. They think he may have stolen a vehicle from a Park City business and then fled the state.

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Update (Friday, Aug. 4, 9:50 p.m.): A manhunt is underway in Virginia for a suspect who led Kansas officers on a chase Tuesday night.

William Roberts is wanted on felony charges out of Colorado.

He is accused of leading authorities on a chase through Harvey and Sedgwick counties before ditching his vehicle near Kechi.

He was able to get away and police believe he later stole a truck from a nearby business.

Virginia authorities say Roberts is holed up in a wooded area northeast of Blacksburg.

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A police chase that began in Harvey County Wednesday night continued into Sedgwick County with police searching for a suspect wanted out of Colorado.

North Newton Police Chief Randy Jordan said around 8:45 p.m., an officer tried to stop William Jason Roberts on I-135, near mile marker 30, for speeding.

Roberts was in a rental car in his name. The officer took Roberts' license, ran it and found out he was wanted out of Colorado on felony charges.

A Harvey County deputy arrived for backup, and that's when Roberts took off southbound on I-135, Jordan said.

Officers chased him but held back because of traffic.

Roberts got off at the 125th exit, traveled west and then south on Ridge Road.

Jordan said Maize police then joined the chase. Roberts turned toward Park City where spike strips were deployed, but they didn't stop him.

Harvey County deputies deployed the spike strips a second time and blew out Robert's right tire. He abandoned the car near 61st and Woodlawn around 9:30 p.m.

"There was a few minute lag time between the time he was spiked and then officers located the car so he had a little time before officers got there but yeah they started covering the area," Jordan said. "K-9's, I believe KHP put up their fixed wing aircraft so there were several officers out there looking for him. But it's a heavily wooded area with a lot of brush so it was just difficult hunting him."

Officers advised residents in Kechi and Park City to be on alert as Roberts is considered to be armed and dangerous.

We asked why police believe he's armed and dangerous. Jordan responded, "Well, there was an incident in Aurora, Colorado. I don't have a lot of details on that but it was a domestic violence incident and the female is in really bad shape and that's part of it and I think there's a history of him being armed."

CBS Denver reports on August 1st at around 11:30 a.m., Aurora, Colorado officers responded to a domestic violence related incident where a woman was seriously injured. They say Roberts is the suspect and is wanted for vehicular assault.

Aurora officers also say Roberts was in the Dillon/Silverthorne area of Colorado and committed several other crimes there that include ramming a Dillon officer's vehicle and eluding police during a short chase.

Back in Kechi, police said between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., a pickup was reported stolen near the area where Roberts ran away. Jordan said officers have reason to believe Roberts stole the vehicle.

"I was coming home from the NBC tournament and seen a lot of cops over there," said Brad Young who owns Meter Engineers in Kechi right next to the intersection where Roberts was last seen. "But I got on my security camera and looked and the gate was closed so I didn't think anything of it and went on home."

That security video would prove to be important for Young and police. Eyewitness News obtained that video that shows someone pulling a white pickup truck out of the lot behind the business.

"This was the first truck he tried to steal," Young said showing us an older pickup that was still on his property. "He was ramming the other truck with it and trying to push it out of the way and try to move around and finally gave up, broke into the other truck and took off with it. You can see where the back tires were right there. He peeled out when he left."

The video shows the person who stole the vehicle did so around 2:45 a.m. Thursday.

Jordan says Roberts' license is registered to Virginia, so he may have been driving back there. During the traffic stop, he told the officer he was headed for Wichita, but police are not aware of any family in the area.

Roberts is described as standing about 6'1 and weighing about 240 pounds. He has short brown hair and facial hair. He was last seen Wednesday night wearing a white tank top, black shorts or pants and with a green military type backpack.

The stolen vehicle information has been spread statewide and to Oklahoma.

Jordan says Roberts may have been in the Marines but is no longer enlisted.

Anyone who sees Roberts should call 911 immediately. He is still considered to be armed and dangerous.