To Catch an Absconder

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

Playing by the rules is a concept some people cannot or do not want to grasp. This is particularly true for people who spend time behind bars and then are let out with limitations.

Many are released under the supervision of the Parole Board. If they break the rules the board is responsible for revoking their release and if the offender doesn't want to be found it can get risky.

Spending time with the Kansas Apprehension Task Force is exciting, challenging, and unpredictable. They have three units in Kansas, one of which is in Topeka. There are not as many of them as you might think. Most of the time only four or five of them were with us at a time.

What goes into finding these absconders and fugitives is facinating and sometimes dangerous which raises the question why would they do it?

"It's the hunt," said Special Enforcement Officer Jim Galbraith.

"When people hide and you're certain they're there and foot chases... that gets your blood flowing," said Supervisor Mike Custenborder.

The action starts right when they get to work.

"This is Lester Gill. He has two felony warrants. He's got one out of Jackson and one out of Shawnee County," said Galbraith.

That puts him first on the days list.

They knocked on the door and asked for Lester. The man who answered said he did not know where Lester was.

"It's really a challenge to catch them because they get to know our tactics," said Galbraith.

To see more of what the task force does click on the video attached to this story.

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