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Police have arrested a man linked to a series of apparently random highway shootings that have terrorized drivers in the Kansas City area, officials said Thursday evening.
Officers swarmed a home in Grandview, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, and towed away a green Dodge Neon with Illinois plates after apprehending the suspect Thursday.
Police Chief Darryl Forte would not confirm the man's name or whether he was the only one suspected of carrying out a least a dozen shootings near a tangle of freeway interchanges known to local residents as the "Grandview Triangle."
“We’ve apprehended what we believe to be the suspect," Forte told reporters outside a home in Grandview, near where the attacks have occurred. www.latimes.com...
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I don't even live in the States and this business had shivers running up and down my spine.
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Mohammed Whitaker has been charged with 18 felony charges in conjunction with 9 of the highway shootings.
The investigation is not done, and more charge may be coming.
Before charges were announced, FOX 4′s Robert Townsend spoke with Whitaker’s father, Edward Whitaker, who said his son is innocent.
“My son is not the highway shooter,” Edward Whitaker said. “I don’t think he did what they are accusing him of. He is not a murderer or a shooter. He’s not a violent person.”
Edward said he spoke with his son a couple of weeks ago.
“We last talked April 7th, and everything appeared to be normal,” he said. “He asked to borrow some money.”
According to court documents, ballistics tests connected .380 caliber bullets recovered from shooting incidents from March 18 to April 6. Witness reports linked Whitaker’s car to the crimes. Additionally, court records indicated while Whitaker was under police surveillance, he was seen pacing cars in their blind spots while on the highway.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dwight Tolbert and his wife Quenlin were enjoying a quiet evening in the south Kansas City home they had moved to just a few months prior when the October calm was shattered by a loud noise coming from their bathroom. Tolbert, a retired meat-cutter, got up to investigate. When he found a .380 slug on the floor of his bathroom surrounded by broken tile, he was shocked.
Investigators then learned that last October, the people living in the house behind that address called the police after hearing a loud noise and finding a .380-caliber bullet on their bathroom floor, which police later found to match the ones recovered from the shootings.
Investigators also got a call from a man at an address in the area where the shootings occurred after he discovered a Walmart bag with spent shell casings and ammunition boxes. Mr. Whitaker’s fingerprints matched those on the bag and the box, the authorities said.
On April 10, the police’s license plate reader picked up the plate the witness had given them, and they began surveillance on a green Dodge Neon that Mr. Whitaker drove.
Over the next few days, they saw Mr. Whitaker meeting with a man in the parking lot of a Bass Pro Shop inspecting a handgun with a laser sight that the man was selling. The man later told the authorities that he did not know Mr. Whitaker and gave them the cellphone number that Mr. Whitaker had texted him from in response to an online advertisement for the gun. The man told the police that when he asked for identification, Mr. Whitaker said he had lost it in a bar.