Two Arrested In Manhattan Assault That Led To School Lockouts

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police have released more details in their investigation into an assault that prompted officials to initiate lockouts at two Manhattan schools Tuesday.

As a precaution, Susan B. Anthony Middle School on Browning Avenue and Frank Bergman Elementary School on Lombard Drive were briefly placed on lockout as police searched for the suspect in an aggravated assault involving a weapon that occurred in the area.

Officers were called to the 2500 block of Candlecrest Circle- the Brittnay Ridge Estates- at 11:20 AM for a reported assault involving a person with a gun. The complex is located on the west side of Manhattan off of Candlewood Drive and backs up to Seth Child Road.

"At approximately 11:20 this morning, officers responded to a complaint of an aggravated assault which included a subject brandishing a firearm. Since it was in close proximity to two area schools, the district was notified and ultimately, the decision to lockout the schools was made," explained Officer Matt Droge, the Riley County Police Department's Public Information Officer.

"When officers arrived on scene, they began to attempt to locate the subject who was brandishing a firearm. When they couldn’t immediately locate that subject, that’s when the schools were notified. Shortly after the schools were placed on lockout, officers made contact with the subject they were attempting to locate and an investigation into the original complaint ensued," Droge told WIBW Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Droge revealed that the entire incident stemmed from a domestic-related incident in the parking lot of the Brittnay Ridge Estates.

Jamie Hays, 21, who lives at the complex, got into a fight with the victim- an unidentified 35-year-old woman. According to police, the verbal argument between the women escalated into a physical altercation and that's when the suspect, Raymond Keeton, 21, intervened with what appeared to be a firearm. Officials say it turned out to be a pellet gun but Keeton presented is as a real gun. The argument was over a criminal damage to property report that had happened earlier, Droge said. He did not elaborate on the matter.

When officers arrived on scene and couldn't immediately locate Keeton, the schools were notified and lockouts engaged.

He was arrested for Aggravated Assault at 12:20 PM in Meadowood Circle, about a half mile away from the scene of the assault. Police say he was on foot but did not have the pellet gun with him when he was taken into custody. He was still confined in the Riley County Jail Wednesday morning on a $10,000 bond. Officials list his address as homeless, saying he is "between residences."

Jamie Hays was arrested for Domestic Battery and Intimidation of a Victim. She has since posted bond and has been released from jail.

No one was injured in the incident.


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