In an apparent attempt to keep police from acting on his outstanding warrants, an Overland Park invasion robbery victim allegedly asked a woman to report the crime Tuesday as if she were the victim.
Police became suspicious about her story when the facts didn’t add up and the true victim eventually came forward, said Officer Gary Mason, a spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department.
Now the 43-year-old man and 40-year-old woman are being held in the Johnson County jail facing possible felony charges of obstructing the legal process.
Police were dispatched about 8:50 p.m. to the 9400 block of Nieman Road after someone called 911. No one was on the line, but dispatchers heard what sounded like a disturbance.
Officers arriving found the woman, who said two men came through her front door, tied her up and hit her across the face with a handgun.
The woman told police the men said they were there for money and other items.
But elements of the woman’s story didn’t add up, Mason said. Police determined that she was not the victim and had not even been home at the time.
Police were confident, however, that the crime had occurred, Mason said.
A man who was home at the time eventually told police he was the victim. He said he was afraid to talk to officers because he had outstanding warrants.
The two were taken into custody.
The alleged deception delayed the investigation, Mason said.
Police are investigating the case as an aggravated robbery and are looking for two men. One was carrying a shotgun and the other had a handgun.
Anyone with information should call the police investigations division at 913-344-8750 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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