Michael Shepherd arrested after weeklong probe
A Sedalia man wanted in connection with an assault and armed burglary was arrested Thursday after a weeklong investigation by Sedalia Police Department detectives.
According to reports, on June 21 Michael Shepherd, 34, of the 1000 block of East 11th Street, was at a business in the 800 block of East Broadway Boulevard when a vehicle with his reported ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend pulled into the business.
“When Shepherd saw them, there were words exchanged and when they drove off, Shepard ran behind the car and eventually jumped in through a window and began assaulting them,” said SPD Det. Travis St. Cyr. “The car blew a tire and crashed, prompting the woman to get out.”
Video surveillance from the business shows Shepherd allegedly trying to force the woman into his vehicle and holding a knife to her throat before two patrons from the business stopped the fight and Shepherd fled, St. Cyr said. When officers arrived on scene the woman did not give a statement and was uncooperative with the investigation.
On Tuesday, police received a call from a victim in the 700 block of East Ninth Street saying a man matching Shepherd’s description had broken into the residence.
“The victim heard a noise in the kitchen and when he opened a pantry door that was ajar, Shepherd was crouched there. He stood up and pointed a gun at the victim,” St. Cyr said. “When the victim’s wife heard the commotion, she went to the kitchen to see what was going on an Shepard pointed the gun at her too.”
The victims later told officers Shepherd was demanding his belongings that he believed were taken there by his ex-girlfriend but the two residents didn’t know who he was talking about.
“They had no idea who or what (Shepherd) wanted.It’s likely he broke into the wrong house,” St. Cyr said. “A few minutes later Shepherd fled on foot. (When officers arrived) the victims’ description of the man led us to believe Shepherd was involved.”
Because Shepherd was considered armed and dangerous, two no-bond warrants for his arrest were issued Wednesday. At 12:12 a.m. Thursday, officers with the SPD’s STING Unit made a traffic stop and discovered Shepherd had likely just fled the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle a 38-caliber revolver allegedly belonging to Shepherd and used in the burglary was discovered. The vehicle’s owner led officers to a house where Shepherd was believed to be and during a search of the residence Shepherd fled out of a back door.
Officers chased him on foot and used a Taser to subdue him.
Shepherd is currently being held at the Pettis County Jail pending formal filing of charges. In addition to resisting arrest, officers are seeking charges of first degree burglary, armed criminal action, felon in possession of a firearm and felonious restraint.
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