UPDATE: Man tied up in home invasion; may be related to Sunday robbery

Police searching for 2 men in Tuesday incident

State Journal staff report Published:

A 21-year-old man was bound, gagged, blindfolded and threatened with a handgun in a home invasion robbery Tuesday that ended when the assailants fled in the victim’s vehicle.

Darren Bryant called from Leawood Square Apartments around 1 p.m. to report the incident, said Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton.

Bryant reported he was in his apartment when the doorbell rang, Deaton said. He saw a man wearing a tan jacket with his back to the door and assumed it was a maintenance worker.

Deaton said two people entered Bryant’s apartment when he opened the door and threatened him with a firearm, described as a blue steel semi-automatic handgun.

The assailants demanded money. They tied, gagged and partially blindfolded Bryant and placed him in his bathtub where they put the gun to his head, Deaton said.

After stealing some items from his apartment, they fled in his white Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which Deaton said he believed was a 1997.

Police found the vehicle at 1:51 p.m. in the Century Plaza parking lot, Deaton said.

Bryant caught a glimpse of one of the suspects and described him as a 5-foot, 11-inch black male weighing about 190 pounds and wearing a dark ski mask and tan jacket, Deaton said.

Deaton said there is no concrete evidence linking this incident to a home invasion that occurred Sunday on Centennial Avenue, but some descriptions are similar.

In the incident Sunday, two men entered an apartment and threatened 24-year-olds Brandon Byrd and Malcolm Walker by pushing them against a wall and pointing guns at their backs.

Walker was shot in the arm while trying to flee the apartment.

"There are definite distinct similarities in the information given in the crime reports," Deaton said.

He asked anyone with information on the incident to call Detective Jeff Fogg at 502-875-8523.

Deaton said anonymous information could be given to Crime Stoppers at 502-875-8648 or online at frankfortcrimestoppers.com. Anonymous tips can also be given via text message by typing FCS and then the message, followed by 274637 (CRIMES).

Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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  • The court system needs to quit using the tag and release program. Drug sales/addictions contribute to property crimes and crimes against people. Let FPD bust them, but insist the Judges give serious time.

  • I believe both locations are in the city limits which is why the article references "Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton" and says nothing about the Sheriff's office. So let's recap: City Police investigating home invasion crimes & Sheriff busting meth cooks. Sounds like a win-win to me.

  • Seems like the Sheriff's Office should be out looking for these dangerous thugs rather than out in the sticks chasing after meth heads cooking up their own drugs on Mt. Zion Rd. Where is the larger threat here? Somebody has lost their way if they can't figure that one out! Who is addicted to drug war money from the feds?