Tuesday, October 30, 2012
There are more than 12,000 outstanding warrants in Sedgwick County, and only six deputies to serve them, leaving hundreds of felons living free.
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Clark is searching for David Samples. He’s tagged as a violent offender and a three-time probation violator.
"He's got a history of running from law enforcement,” Clark said. “And last time, forced entry to take him into custody."
A relative told deputies Samples was out grocery shopping. Within 30 minutes, they spotted his car in a Walmart parking lot.
Once again, Samples tried to hide, ducking down inside his car.
Samples is one of 1,261 outstanding felony warrants. Add that to 11,000 misdemeanor warrants.
"We are pretty much inundated with warrants,” said Sgt. Dan Hershberger. “There's no getting ahead; there's always going to be warrants issued."
With only six deputies to round up all the criminals, the sheriff is hoping for help from the warrant offenders themselves.
"If it's a traffic warrant, appear at the walk in docket…to dispose of the warrant," Hershberger said.
It comes with a free pass. There’s a link on the county’s website for active warrants. Search for yourself, friends or family. Hershberger says if there’s an outstanding warrant for your arrest and you appear at the walk-in docket, make a payment and you won’t be arrested. For those out there hoping to close the gap, any little bit of help is welcome.
Sheriff's deputies go after the felony warrants first, hoping to get the more dangerous people off the streets. But they say that doesn't mean they won't arrest you on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant if they catch you.
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