Police Question Circumstances Around Alleged Carjacking

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka Police say there's doubt surrounding victim and witness accounts of an alleged carjacking and rollover accident Sunday afternoon.

Lt. Chuck Haggard said officers were called to the rollover at 1:37 p.m. Sunday at I-70 and MacVicar. When they arrived, two males and a female were involved in the accident. Police say a Mazda SUV and a Ford F-150 had collided, causing the Mazda to roll over on MacVicar and the Ford being disabled due to a flat tire.

Lt. Haggard said officers determined the collision was intentional. It was initially reported as having stemmed from an attempted carjacking near MacVicar and Story streets.

Topeka Police, a K-9 unit, Shawnee County Sheriff's deputies and a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter searched the area for the alleged armed man, who the victim said tried to jack his truck.

Lt. Haggard says physical evidence at the scene and bystander observations place the version of events in doubt. He said, "The alleged victim of the carjacking has also, thus far, been uncooperative with the investigation."

The incident is under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have information, is asked to contact the Topeka Police Department at 368-9551, or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.


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