Breaking News: Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody; I-70 Re-Opened

Update: 7:30 pm
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the scene is clear and all lanes are back open to normal traffic.

Update: 6:19PM
Officials say eastbound lanes of I-70 are now open but westbound lanes will likely remain closed until about 7:15 p.m.

Update: 6:13PM
Police say 21-year-old Private First Class John Hayden was arrested in connection with the Topeka bank robbery, ensuing high speed chase, and standoff on I-70.
Hayden is a soldier in the U.S. Army and is stationed at Fort Riley.

Update: 6:04PM
Topeka Police say the man accused of robbing the UMB bank near 29th & Wanamaker is now in custody. I-70 is still closed in both directions at the Snokomo Exit which is 1 mile from Paxico and at least 5 miles from Maple Hill.

Update: 5:49PM
Topeka Police and Kansas Highway Patrol officers are in the midst of a standoff with a bank robbery suspect near mile marker 335 west of Topeka.

Around 1:30 p.m., police received word of a robbery at the UMB branch at 5923 SW 29th. An officer noticed a vehicle matching the one driven by the suspect. The suspect proceeded to flee heading down the interstate at speeds topping 100 mph.

Officials say officers put stop sticks on I-70 and when the suspect saw them he veered across the Interstate going the wrongway on I-70, and when he tried to get back to the westbound lanes he lost control and wrecked.

Officials say as he exited the vehicle he fired shots at the officers and fled on foot.

Officials brought in helicopters and several law enforcement officials from several different agencies including a SWAT team and they have the suspect cornered in an abandond vehicle.

Both westbound and eastbound I-70 is closed at exit 355 west of Topeka in Wabaunsee County for an undetermined amount of time.

Westbound traffic is being redirected via K-99 and US-24/40; eastbound traffic is stopped and being redirected back east on I-70.

We have a crew live on the scene on I-70 and will bring you the latest on 13 News at 10.

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