A female assault prompted a large Independence Police presence at a residence located on the 1100 block of South Pearl Street Friday afternoon.
Independence Police Sgt. Darrell Schmidli says police received a call just before 3 p.m. reporting that a female was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend.
“A portion of the assault started inside a house on Pearl Street,” he said, “and portion of it occurred in a car outside.”
The victim managed to flee from the ex-boyfriend and a random citizen, who happened to witness the attack, offered to take her to a hospital. The extent of the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, said Schmidli, and the result of physical punches.
However, when police questioned the victim about the assault, she reported that the ex-boyfriend was armed at one time.
Meanwhile, Independence Police were already in the vicinity of South Pearl Street responding to another call, and arrived at the residence where the assault occurred. It was believed that the suspect was barricading himself inside the residence. Several units were dispatched to the scene, including a special operations vehicle. Police also maintained a perimeter blocking most of the South Pearl Street neighborhood. A Kansas City Police Department helicopter even arrived to offer assistance.
Just before 6 p.m., police obtained a warrant to search the premises. The suspect was not found.
“There was a delay with the victim being taken to the hospital and police responding at the scene,” said Schmidli. “He (the ex-boyfriend suspect) probably had time to escape.”
Detectives are currently investigating the suspect’s whereabouts.