Manhattan area crime briefs


Two K-State students victims of a home invasion
Two K-State students were the victims of a home invasion and robbery Monday night. Riley County Police responded to a 911 call made shortly before 9:00 p.m. at 1520 Jarvis Drive.

Matthew McKernan, 21, and Joshua Martin, 20, reported they were robbed in the home by three, uninvited male suspects at gunpoint. The suspects hit the two victims, causing minor head injuries, before escaping with a small amount of cash.

The suspects are described as three dark-complected white males. One of the suspects was reported to have a noticeable accent of unknown origin. Matt Droge, public information officer for the RCPD, said that while no new information has been released, the investigation is still ongoing. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers 785-539-7777 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Series of fires damage multiple vehicles
A series of building and car fires were reported shortly after Tuesday morning.
Around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the 800 block of Moro Street. About five minutes after their arrival, a second fire was reported in a stairwell of an apartment complex at 801 Moro St.

Approximately 45 minutes later, fire and police officials received an additional vehicle fire complaint at 823 Laramie St. Three cars were affected by the fire, causing a combined total damage of approximately $26,000. Police and fire investigators determined that there was a “high probability” that the fires had been started intentionally.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact the RCPD or Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). A potential cash reward of $1,000 is being offered.