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Wanted man considered ‘dangerous’ found, arrested in Butler County

James Roberts was taken into custody Thursday evening after a manhunt in Butler County.
James Roberts was taken into custody Thursday evening after a manhunt in Butler County.(KWCH)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 1:17 PM CDT
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TOWANDA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: : A man that heightened security concerns in Butler County is in custody, the Kansas Highway Patrol confirmed. James Roberts, 35, was arrested Thursday evening. The FBI said the agency, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol took Roberts into custody “without incident.”

Earlier in the day, the FBI said he was at-large and considered dangerous after the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, supported by the FBI Wichita Resident Agency, Wednesday evening, attempted to take him into custody.

With Roberts unaccounted for, Towanda schools in the Circle Public Schools district were placed on “situational lockout” at the advisement of local law enforcement.

Update: The FBI said the search continues for a man law enforcement believes to be dangerous. The search for 35-year-old James Roberts is happening near Towanda. Thursday afternoon, Towanda schools in the Circle Public Schools district was placed on “situational lockout” at the advisement of local law enforcement.

At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the FBI said the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, supported by the FBI Wichita Resident Agency attempted to take James Roberts, 35, into custody at the 4-Mile Creek Campground and Resort “in regard to an ongoing investigative matter.” The FBI did not disclose the nature of that investigation.

Roberts stands about 5′10″ and weighs about 200 lbs., He’s balding and has blue eyes.

In the attempt to stop him Wednesday evening, the FBI said Roberts fled the scene on foot. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are currently searching the surrounding areas for Roberts who is believed to be dangerous.

“Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement immediately. Members of the public are advised to call 911 immediately if they see Mr. Roberts and not to approach or engage the individual,” the FBI said. “Members of the public may submit a tip by calling the Wichita Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit online at tips.fbi.gov.”

Towanda schools in the Circle Public Schools district have been placed on “situational lockout” at the advisement of local law enforcement.

USD 375 Assistant Principal Michael Jazen said school officials will remain more vigilant, as the doors always remain locked. There will be no outside recess, and the district is being more careful with guests. The lockout only applies to the schools in Towanda.

The City of Towanda posted a notice on its Facebook page stating that “Local law enforcement has notified the City that a DANGEROUS INDIVIDUAL may be within city limits.” The notice goes on to describe the person as being a white male, bald, mid-thirties, wearing a white shirt and jeans.

“DO NOT APPROACH!” The notice goes on to say. “Call 9-1-1 if you see an individual matching the description.”

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office runs for patrol for the city of Towanda and said the FBI is handling the case. Eyewitness News has a call and an email in to the FBI for more information.

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