Bank Robbery Suspect Released From Prison Months Ago

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: October 10, 2012

A man accused of robbing a Rice County bank and firing shots at Kansas Highway Patrol troopers was released from prison in June after spending time for robbery.

The KBI said Jason Gleason, 30, was booked into Saline County Jail on charges including attempted first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Authorities believe Gleason robbed the First Bank of Chase, Kansas Tuesday morning.

Investigators said Gleason led a trooper on a high speed chase in Saline County. Shots were fired after the SUV crashed. Investigators said Gleason ran from the scene and was arrested before 10:00 p.m.

There were four other people in Gleason's car, three juveniles and a woman. The KBI said the woman and one of the children were shot. There's no word on their conditions.

A trooper suffered minor injuries when he was struck by broken glass.

Department of Corrections records show Gleason was released from prison in June after serving eight years for robbery. KAKE News has learned Reno County authorities arrested Gleason five days ago for failure to appear and for trying to get contraband into the jail.

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The armed robbery suspect involved in a chase and shootout with authorities in southeast Saline County Tuesday evening has been taken into custody.

Officers on scene say the suspect was arrested at around 9:30 p.m.

Trooper Ben Gardner says troopers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in Tuesday morning’s bank robbery in the Rice County town of Chase.

A chase ensued near Assaria after the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle. After several miles, the vehicle crashed in southeast Saline County. The suspect then exited and exchanged gunfire with the trooper, Gardner says.

The trooper suffered minor injuries from broken glass and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

It is unclear how many others were inside the suspect’s vehicle, but some were children. The injured were flown to a hospital for treatment.

It is not yet known how the ones inside the vehicle are connected to the suspect.

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The armed robbery suspect involved in a chase and shootout with authorities in southeast Saline County Tuesday evening has been taken into custody.

Officers on scene say the suspect was arrested at around 9:30 p.m.

Troopers attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description of one linked to a bank robbery in the Rice County town of Chase Tuesday morning.

A pursuit ensued that ended near South Gypsum Valley Road and Assaria Road at around 6:45 p.m. Shots were fired in that area, but it is unclear whether anyone was hit by gunfire.

We do know that one woman was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries and one trooper was treated for minor injuries from broken glass.

After the suspect fled the scene, aircraft and K-9 units were called in as a search perimeter was set up about 4 and a half miles south of Gypsum, near East Hobbs Creek Road and South Donmyer Road.

This is a developing story. We will provide updates as soon as they become available.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A manhunt continues and a southeast Saline County community remains on lockdown Tuesday night following a police chase and shootout with an armed robbery suspect.

Troopers attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description of one linked to a bank robbery in the Rice County town of Chase Tuesday morning.

A chase ensued, which ended near South Gypsum Valley Road and Assaria Road at around 6:45 p.m. Shots were fired in that area, but it is unclear whether anyone was hit by gunfire.

We do know that one woman was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries and one trooper was treated for minor injuries from broken glass.

Dispatchers tell KAKE News that the robbery suspect fled the scene and is still at large. Aircraft and K-9 units were called in as a search perimeter was set up about 4 and a half miles south of Gypsum, near East Hobbs Creek Road and South Donmyer Road.

This is a developing story. KAKE's Parrish Alleman is headed to the scene and will have updates on KAKE news at 10.


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