Woman charged with dragging Kansas deputy during traffic stop

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Thursday, July 11, 2019

(Source: Godwin Fugitive Recovery)

The bounty hunter who arrested a woman accused of dragging a Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy with her car during a traffic stop will not get a reward.

Shawn Godwin took Melissa Heinzman into custody on Tuesday.

He said because her whereabouts were not called in as a tip and because she was not apprehended by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Crime Stoppers will not be paying out the $2,500 reward. He said he planned to give the money to the injured deputy.

Heinzman was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, failure to stop at an accident and interference with a law enforcement officer trying to serve a warrant.

She remains in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The woman accused of dragging a Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy on June 23 appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

Melissa Heinzman is now charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, failure to stop at an accident and interference with a law enforcement officer trying to serve a warrant.

Eyewitness News talked to Godwin Fugitive Recovery. The south Wichita neighborhood where Heinzman's run came to an end is again quiet.

Shawn Godwin with Godwin Fugitive Recovery says finding her was not easy. He says his team had been working on the case since Sunday and he received several tips leading him to the neighborhood Pawnee and South Hydraulic. When they walked into a neighborhood home, they found Heinzman in the basement.

"She came out around the corner with her shoes in her hand, hands straight out in front of her and said she's putting her shoes on. And I said, 'you need to leave your hands right where they're at," Godwin says.

He says Heinzman told him she was tired of running.

"The statement she said, 'I know I messed up. I feel bad. It's just time to get it over with,'" Godwin says.

He says he knew how important finding Heinzman was to his team. He says cases like this are a little different when a law enforcement is involved as a victim.

"That means the world to us," he says of catching Heinzman. "I mean, we can take this girl off the streets and she can go face justice. Maybe this will be an eye opener to other people in the streets that are having the ideas that they can do this. You're going to be found, whether it's by my team, another recover team or law enforcement. You're going to be found."

Heinzman's bond is set to at $250,000. She's due back in court on July 25.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The woman accused of dragging a Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy with her vehicle during a traffic stop last month in Wichita has been arrested, the sheriff's office confirms.

The sheriff's office says Melissa Heinzman was captured tonight (Tuesday) by a fugitive recovery service. She'd been on the run since the June 23 incident. The injured deputy has since been released from the hospital.

The service that captured Heinzman, Godwin Fugitive Recovery, says it is donating its $2,500 reward to the injured deputy's recovery effort. Godwin says it took Heinzman into custody near Pawnee and Southeast Boulevard.