Pott. Co. Sheriff’s office investigating early a.m. criminal threat

RCPD investigating a Thursday morning incident in the 100 block of Bluemont Ave.
RCPD investigating a Thursday morning incident in the 100 block of Bluemont Ave.(Rebecca Goff)
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 8:16 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One person is in custody after police responded to a criminal threat in Manhattan early Thursday morning.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office received word of a possible active shooter at a business in the 8200 block of Southport Drive in Manhattan. It said it, the Riley County Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Office said it was found that there was no active shooter, but a resident had threatened to shoot an employee, which caused damage to the building. It said it had been reported that the shooter left the business and drove west on H Highway 24 in a red Ford flatbed truck.

Around 7:50 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said deputies located a truck matching the description. It said deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on McCall Rd and the driver failed to stop. This started a short pursuit, which ended with the driver stopping in the 100 block of East Bluemont in Manhattan.

According to the Pott. Co. Sheriff’s Office, the driver was identified as Rob Brent, 47, homeless, and was arrested for flee and elude, driving while suspended, criminal threat, aggravated criminal threat and criminal damage to property.

The Sheriff’s Office Brent is currently being held in the Pottawatomie Co. Jail and is awaiting bond.

Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff Shane Jager told 13 NEWS that his agency will lead the investigation, and currently investigating an active crime scene at the Midland Exteriors on US-24.

RCPD says a stabbing in the 400 block of Leavenworth, which happened around the same time was not related to this incident.

The Pott. Co. Sheriff’s Office said anyone with information related to the incident should contact it at 785-457-3353 or leave a tip on its Crimestopper’s link.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

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