Local and state crime briefs: Dec. 4


One man was killed and another was injured in a home invasion in Junction City early Tuesday morning. Junction City police said they discovered Jose Paz, 22, and an unidentified second victim in response to the report of a home invasion. Paz was taken to Geary Community Hospital, but was later pronounced dead. The other victim sustained minor injuries and declined treatment. Police officials said the incident is still under investigation and asks anyone with information to contact the Junction City Police Department or call the Crime Stoppers line at 785-762-8477.

Riley County police are asking for help in the ongoing investigation of a bank robbery that occurred last week. RCPD responded to a robbery at the Kansas State Bank on Bluemont Avenue on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 27. Police say the suspect entered the bank and demanded money from a teller. He then left in what appeared to be a 2000 to 2005, 4-door, white Cadillac DeVille. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s wearing a purple Aeropostale hoodie, grey sweatpants, black gloves and white athletic shoes. The suspect also wore an apron around his waist and a black T-shirt underneath the hoodie. Although there was no indication of a weapon being used in the robbery, police officials consider the suspect to be dangerous. Those with information are asked to contact the RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.

A Salina man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for the distribution of child pornography. Justin Tatum, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing child pornography. Investigation into Tatum began in 2011 when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents uncovered emails between Tatum and Jeffrey Wiederholt. Tatum admitted to using an encrypted peer-to-peer program in order to trade the child pornography with others over the internet. Wiederholt was convicted and sentenced to 70 years for his part in the crimes.