Geary County Manhunt Suspect Shot in Dover

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

Dover, KS (WIBW) - The suspect in a massive manhunt in Geary County, was shot by officers Saturday morning after holding two people hostage in a home.

Topeka Police Captain Jerry Stanley said 23 year-old Jesse Dennis Dimmick led police on a chase early Saturday morning. He was driving a minivan. A witness told 13 News that he saw Dimmick driving a purple van away from police. He said his tire blew out and he started running.

Police say he ran into the house near 57th and Crawford taking two hostages, Lindsay Sage Rowley and Jared Rowley. The couple had just gotten married last week. Topeka Police used their hostage negotiators and were able to get the hostages out safely just before 11:00 Saturday.

That's when Topeka Police and Shawnee County Sheriff's Deputies entered the home. They fired flashbangs upon entering which they believe woke Dimmick up. They determined that Dimmick was a threat and shot him an unknown number of times. Captain Stanley said Dimmick sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The man believed to be Dimmick's accomplice was taken into custody in Salina, Kansas this morning. He is 35 year-old Shayne Miller of Denver.

Geary Co. (WIBW) - The Kansas Attorney General's Office has identified a murder suspect who's the subject of a manhunt in Geary County.

He is 23-year old Jesse Dennis Dimmick. The AG's Office says Dimmick is wanted in North Carolina, Louisiana and Colorado on multiple felonies, namely burglary. He is also a suspect in a murder at an Aurora, Colorado hotel.

Dimmick is the focus of a massive manhunt in Geary County, Kansas that started with a chase early Friday morning.

The Geary County Sheriff's Office says that around 2:30 am Friday a deputy tried to pull over the driver of a pickup for a traffic violation on I-70 near exit 313. The suspect took off and the deputy chased. They say the suspect went off the interstate and onto county roads, eventually wrecking at Lower McDowell Creek and Schmedemann Roads. The suspect then ran off.

The Sheriff's Office says the vehicle the suspect, believed to be Dimmick, was driving was reported stolen from Greeley, Colorado. Further investigation found Dimmick is wanted for a murder in Aurora, Colorado that happened Wednesday night or Thursday morning. A man was found beaten to death in a hotel room there just before 11 am Thursday.

More than 30 officers with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Highway Patrol, Geary County Sheriff, Riley County Sheriff and Junction City are all searching for Dimmick.

Authorities were going road to road and door to door in the rural areas south and east of Junction City, knocking on homes to warn people of the search. They advised people to stay indoors, keep their vehicles and doors locked, not open the door for strangers and to call authorities if they saw anyone or anything unusual.

Dimmick is described as a white man, 6'2" tall with an average build. He has long, reddish-blonde hair, possibly in a ponytail or corn rows. It's expected he has one to day days growth of facial hair, but a prominent mustache. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

Authorities say evidence at the scene suggests a second person might have been in the vehicle with Dimmick, but they do not have a description of who that person might be.


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