Two Kansas City men will be charged following an alleged carjacking that began in Independence shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Tom Gentry, spokesperson for Independence police, said a man was in his car in the 12000 block of East 50th Street South after midnight when another vehicle pulled up. Two men, described as African-American, got out, brandished a handgun and told him to give them his car.
When the man refused, one of the men reportedly shot at the man but missed. The men fled. Police were notified and spotted the car, pursuing at speeds of about 80 mph. Kansas City police also were alerted. Police followed the car until it crashed near Interstate 435 and Blue Parkway.
The men then ran off, and an Independence police dog tracked them to a house in the 5600 block of Ewing Avenue on Kansas City’s east side. Helicopters were also deployed.
Police surrounded the house, and two hours later the men surrendered and were taken into custody.
Wednesday's incident comes at a time when Independence police say they are seeing more suspects coming into the city from Kansas City. Arrests in 2011 confirm that the numbers are rising.