Police Briefs from March 9


Car involved in battery incident stolen, found after rollover collision

According to Riley County Police Department, officers began investigating an alleged robbery, battery and intimidation around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday. The incidents happened close to the intersection of 17th Street and Anderson Avenue.

According to the report, officers were notified when the involved subjects, a male and a female, began to argue inside a vehicle. The argument became physical when the male struck the female in the face, and allegedly broke the female’s phone as she attempted to call 911. Bystanders refused her request to contact police, but they were eventually notified.

Once on the scene, officers confirmed the male had taken possession of the female’s vehicle and had fled the scene; the vehicle was found in the 30000 block of Zeandale Road at approximately 4 a.m. after officers with both the RCPD and Kansas Highway Patrol were dispatched to a rollover vehicle collision.

No more information has been released as the matter is still under investigation by the RCPD.

Attempted murder arraignment delayed

Samuel Dartez, who arrested on Nov. 13, 2014 for first-degree attempted murder, appeared in Riley County court Monday for arraignment with Judge David Stutzman presiding, according to Little Apple Post.

Dartez was arrested after Riley County Police Department officers were called to the area near Manhattan Public Library where a 27-year-old female was found with multiple punctures on her neck and face. Dartez was stopped by authorities in Morris County, where a standoff reportedly ensued before Dartez was taken into custody at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2014.

Fort Riley soldier appears in court after being charged with child’s murder

According to Little Apple Post, Alexander McConnell appeared in Riley County court Friday on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. McConnell waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

McConnell was arrested on Sept. 29, 2014 following the death of an infant. According to the case’s criminal affidavit, McConnell’s wife left the child with him for a short period of time and was not breathing upon her return. The infant was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center and then transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. The child was pronounced dead at Children’s Mercy around 8 p.m.

An autopsy showed the baby had experienced substantial bleeding in the skull in addition to head, neck and rib injuries. McConnell’s arraignment will take place on March 23 at 2:30 p.m.