RCPD Officers forced to remove woman from vehicle in Taco Bell parking lot

Manhattan woman allegedly locked herself in vehicle she attempted to steal it
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Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 9:54 AM CDT
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A Manhattan woman is behind bars after officers were allegedly forced to physically remove her from a car she attempted to steal from the Taco Bell parking lot.

The Riley Co. Police Department says just after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, officers filed a report for theft, criminal trespass, and interference with a law enforcement officer in the 1100 block of Westport Dr.

Officers said they arrived at the Taco Bell parking lot to meet a 22-year-old female who had been in the business when she saw a 36-year-old woman, later identified as Andrea Freeman, of Manhattan, and went outside to confront her.

RCPD said officers were able to put parameters in place when they arrived to prevent Freeman from fleeing in the stolen car. This is when officers said she locked herself inside the car as officers tried to speak with her.

Officers indicated they were forced to physically remove Freeman from the car and arrested her after she refused to exit.

RCPD said the incident remainder contained to the Taco Bell parking lot and the car was returned to its owner after Freeman was arrested.

Freeman was booked into the Riley Co. Jail on two counts of theft, criminal trespass and interference with law enforcement. She remains behind Riley Co. bars on a $6,000 bond.

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