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  • Police go house to house in area of beating

  • On the same day the three who were charged in the beating of food delivery man were arraigned, police tried to be proactive with citizens in that area of western Independence.



    Tom Gentry, public information officer for Independence police, said that officers canvassed the area to calm the public’s fears and gather information.

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  • On the same day the three who were charged in the beating of food delivery man were arraigned, police tried to be proactive with citizens in that area of western Independence.
    Tom Gentry, public information officer for Independence police, said that officers canvassed the area to calm the public’s fears and gather information.
    James M. Hollis, 20, and Brandy N. Locke, 29, of Independence, and Luis A. Reyes, 17, of Kansas City, were each charged Tuesday with one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action in the beating of the 51-year-old delivery man for Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant in the 2200 block of South Hall Road.
    All three appeared before a Jackson County judge for the first time Wednesday. The charges were read to them and bond was set at $500,000 each with a 10 percent posting. The three were given time to find an attorney or have one appointed to them if they could not afford one. Their next court date was not yet set.
    Gentry said the victim, who delivered food for the Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant, remained in critical condition Wednesday with life-threatening injuries. Court documents said the victim suffered “multiple skull and facial fractures” in the attack, which, according to police, was an attempt to rob the delivery driver of “food and money.”
    Police went to the area, which is just west of Hill Park and north of 23rd Street, to talk to the residents Wednesday morning about the beating. According to court documents, the victim was beaten with “fists and a bat.”
    “The main purpose was to go through the neighborhood and talk to folks and let folks there know the people who (allegedly) did this have been caught,” Gentry said. “We wanted to let them know that we’ll continue to monitor the area and ask folks if they have any concerns or if there was anything they noticed that they wanted us to follow up on. We wanted to show that we’re trying to be vigilant.”
    Gentry said the effort by police netted some quality information.
    “Not only did we get some extra information on the case, we discovered other disorderly homes or other individuals to keep an eye on,” Gentry said. “It’s a partnership between us and the community. We’re trying to help the residents’ quality of life.”
    Gentry said while it “wasn’t totally in reaction” to the recent wave of violence, including the beating and the triple homicide on South Pope Avenue in November, he did say the police were trying to use preventative measures.
    “We want to make sure we can do everything we can to make sure things like that don’t happen again, so we’re being proactive in that regard,” Gentry said.
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