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Charges due in bump-and-run carjacking

Authorities in Kansas and Missouri will consider filing charges today against four men arrested in a pickup truck after a bump-and-rob carjacking.

Prairie Village police arrested the men about 9 p.m. Sunday after a car chase that began in Kansas City. During the chase, a witness told police the men threw three guns – including two rifles – out of the stolen truck. Police recovered the guns.

Police gave this account:

The truck was taken from a Gardner woman in her 20s about 3:50 a.m. Sunday when she was stopped at Sixth Street and Grand Boulevard in Kansas City. A white Chevrolet Caprice containing three men pulled up behind her and bumped into her truck. The woman got out to approach the Caprice driver about the "accident" and an occupant of the Caprice ran and jumped into her truck. As the thief prepared to drive away, the woman jumped into the back of the truck and yelled for help. The man then stopped the truck and an occupant from the Caprice got out and punched her and grabbed her by the throat. Another occupant knocked her to the ground.

The men then fled in the truck and Caprice.

About 17 hours later, Kansas City police saw the stolen truck, igniting a chase that involved the police helicopter and Prairie Village officers.

The Prairie Village officers arrested four men – ages 17 to 20 – from the truck after they tried to run away. Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the truck.

| Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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