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Tue September 6, 2011
Gunman Said, "Drive." But Not Where.
By Dan Verbeck
KANSAS CITY, MO. – A woman, with a gun-waving man perched on the hood of her car, took a different method to help police capture him. She drove into Kansas City police headquarters.
The woman was driving on 71 highway around noon when a man dancing in traffic forced her to stop near 29th street. As police tell it, the man climbed over the bumper and grill, pointed a gun at the windshield and shouted for her to drive.
She drove some 10 blocks and through the closed door of the police garage, the man still clinging.
Captain Steve Young said in the aftermath: "I'm certainly not going to criticize what she did. An armed guy is hanging onto the hood of her car and she was definitely scared and she did what she thought she had to do."
The gunman ran from the garage and tried to climb on a Metro bus but Young says the driver wouldn't open the door. Police were close by.
The would-be carjacker is in jail now.
In Captain Young's words: "I don't know we've ever had a suspect delivered to us in quite the same fashion."