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Robber Grabs Cash and Rides Away on Motorcycle

Press Release

For Release:                March 19th, 2018

Prepared By:               Director of Communications James Brafford

Robber Grabs Cash and Rides Away on Motorcycle

Raytown MO. On Sunday March 18th at approximately 11:58 AM police were sent to the 9400 block of 350 Highway for a robbery. When officers arrived, a witness told them that a white man about 6’3’ – 6’5’’ tall wearing a motorcycle helmet, black pants and a neon green “construction” colored jacket displayed a handgun and demanded money. The man grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the employee and left the store. He was last seen leaving east on Highway 350 on a light blue Harley Davidson. No one was injured and Raytown detectives are continuing the investigation.

If you have any information on this or any other crimes please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Report 18-0780

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Raytown Police Chief Announces 2017 Department Achievements and Events

Press Release

For Release:  03/16/2018

Prepared By: Capt. Dyon Harper


Raytown Police Chief Announces 2017 Department Achievements and Events


Raytown, MO – Raytown Chief of Police James B. Lynch announced many successful events and achievements accomplished by the Raytown Police Department and Department members, over the course of 2017. The Department’s mission is to serve the residents and businesses of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives to enhance communication and cooperation within our community, held in 2017, include:


  • On March 21, Chief Lynch and the Raytown Police Department released the department’s 2016 Annual Report and presented the report to Raytown Mayor Michael McDonough and the Board of Aldermen at the Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting. The report included overall police activity, crime statistics, community activities, and featured various divisions and special units within the department. The Raytown Police Department felt that it was important for its residents to be informed about their police department and how taxpayer resources were used. Chief Lynch encouraged everyone to view the Raytown Police 2016 Annual Report at A printed copy was made available to the public at the Raytown Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library.


  • The Community Services Unit of the Raytown Police Department hosted its first “Copsicles” event on May 24, the final day of school in Raytown. Copsicles aimed to build relationships with the community in a fun and unique way, by providing free popsicles in parks and other locations throughout the city during the summer. Once every two weeks, an officer took the custom-built Copsicles cart to a location that was announced the night before on social media, to offer popsicles to anyone in the area who would like one. The first Copsicles event was held at C. Lee Kenagy Park, 79th Street and Raytown Road.


  • On June 15, the Raytown Police Department hosted their annual Safety Fair at Kenagy Park. Exhibits from various community resources were on hand, including police, fire, and EMS vehicles, with up-close and personal vehicle displays from the Raytown Public Works Department, Raytown Police Department, Raytown EMS, and the Raytown Fire Department. Other vendors and displays included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, the Missouri Search and Rescue Group (MOSAR), and numerous police K-9’s from around the metro. The Safety Fair brought Raytown community residents together for a family-friendly event.


  • On June 20, Police Officers from the Raytown Police Department and community members came together for one of three Coffee with a Cop events, to discuss community issues and ideas, build relationships and drink coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. The June event was held at Clark’s Appliances, which had just reopened after a devastating fire. Coffee with a Cop provided a unique opportunity for Raytown’s business community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Raytown.


  • On July 1, Raytown Police launched a Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) initiative. Location-based crime and traffic data were integrated with traffic enforcement strategies to play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. That model did not require additional officers or overtime. Instead, existing resources were used in a more efficient manner. Two study areas were identified, based on historical crime and traffic crash data for Raytown over a three year period. DDACTS Zone #1 was the area around Raytown Road, from 59 Street to 63 Street. DDACTS Zone #2 was the area around 350 Highway, from Hunter to Arlington. Patrol officers spent dedicated time conducting high-visibility enforcement in the treatment zones in addition to increased patrols in those areas when they were not responding to emergency calls. Their goal was to prevent crime from happening in the first place, not to write tickets or make arrests.


  • On the first day of school in Raytown, August 16, the Raytown Police Department launched an effort to reduce dangerous driving near Raytown’s schools. Each week, police announced in advance which specific school areas the dangerous driving enforcement would occur that week. If advanced notice of the enforcement reduced dangerous driving, the community goal of safer roadways for our children was reached, potentially with no tickets issued. It was considered a “win-win.” The goal was to reduce dangerous driving near schools, not issue citations. Traffic officers still conducted their patrol of other areas and roadways; though they were present near those designated schools each week.


  • From August 30 through November 1, the Raytown Police Department held the Raytown Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy. The Raytown Citizens Police Academy offered 16 citizens the opportunity to learn more about the operations of the Raytown Police Department. Topics included the many special units and divisions within the department, including Communications, Crisis Negotiations, SWAT, Patrol, and role-playing in traffic stop scenarios, which allowed Academy attendees to engage in simulated traffic stops. The instructors for each session were the police officers and civilians that actually perform the work.


  • On September 30, Raytown Officers were dispatched to 63 Street, between Raytown Road and Raytown Trafficway, regarding a teen-aged girl on the bridge. Responding Officers determined that the girl was suicidal and cordoned off the area. The first Officer on scene, Corporal Shawn Didde, who had experience as a Crisis Negotiator, communicated with the girl for approximately 45 minutes, successfully convincing the girl to get down from the bridge.


  • On November 9, Officer Evan Hartenstein was honored by the Mid-America Crisis Intervention Team (MACIT) as the Raytown Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year for 2017.


Through 2018 and beyond, Chief Lynch, and the Raytown Police Department is committed to engaging with the community and developing long-lasting relationships to work together to maintain a safe community.

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Shooting Leaves Two Wounded

Press Release

For Release: 03/08/18

Prepared By: Records Clerk Nicole Growney

Shooting Leaves Two Wounded 

Raytown MO- At about 10:00 PM Thursday (March 8, 2018) Raytown Officers were called to the 9800 block of 81st Street, regarding a shooting in progress. When police arrived there was an adult male located in the street that had been shot and another male inside the home also suffering from a gun shot wound. Both men were transported to an area hospital.

There were no other injuries reported and the investigation is ongoing. 

If you have any information on this or any other crimes please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Report 18-0692

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Suspicious Couple Attempting To Speak With Children Draws Attention


Press Release

For Release: 03/04/2018

Prepared By: Sergeant Gary Davis


Suspicious Couple Attempting To Speak With Children Draws Attention

Raytown MO- At about 10:00 A.M. Sunday (March 04, 2018) Raytown Officers were contacted at Raytown Police Headquarters by a man reporting that a suspicious male and female had been trying to speak with his five year old child in the 7300 block of Hedges on Friday (March 02, 2018) at approximately 6:00 P.M. The man reported that his child was riding a scooter near the edge of the driveway when he heard another man’s voice, offering to show the child, “Something Cool”. The child’s father came out of the garage and observed an unknown white male whom he described to be approximately 25 to 30 years of age, approximately 6’00” tall, bald, and skinny standing near the child. When the man, who was wearing a black, zip up style sweatshirt with the hood pulled down and sunglasses saw him, he ran back to a gray or silver, Volvo passenger car which was parked nearby and got inside. After the man got in, the vehicle drove off toward 75th Street. The child’s father reported that the vehicle was driven by a white woman with dark hair, and had multiple dents on the body, no license plates, and was missing pieces of trim molding. The Raytown Police Department Investigations Bureau was notified and an active investigation is underway. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS (8477.)

Report #18-0638

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Raytown Police Welcome New Police Officers

Press Release

Date: 03-04-18

From:  Sergeant Gary Davis

Raytown Police Welcome New Police Officers

Chief James B. Lynch and the Raytown Police Department wish to welcome several new officers to their ranks, many of whom are considered “lateral” officers. The term “lateral” refers to officers who were already experienced law enforcement officers before joining the Raytown Police Department.

Lateral Officers Brandon Jeffery, Trevor Shroyer and Shawn Fields were sworn in at the Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting on 02-27-2018. Another lateral officer may start in March, with yet another police officer recruit beginning the police academy this month. The recruit officer will “hit the streets” with our officers in September of 2018 after the successful completion of police academy training. These new hires were the result of determined recruiting and hiring efforts to fill many recently vacated positions.

Prior to those hires, officers from across all divisions, including Command Staff, Detectives, and Officers from Patrol, pulled together to supplement Patrol squads, day and night. Empowered by the overwhelming support shown by the Raytown community, every employee has stayed positive and worked together.  The department was even able to welcome back some Detention staff.

Chief Lynch, and every member of the Raytown Police Department, wants the Raytown community to know that they remain committed to joining all city departments and staff in serving our community and are focused on moving forward, together.


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Raytown Police Investigate Fire At Apartment Complex

Press Release

For Release: 03/02/2018

Prepared By: Sergeant Gary Davis


Raytown Police Investigate Fire At Apartment Complex

Raytown MO- At about 6:45 P.M. Thursday (March 01, 2018) Raytown Officers responded to the Amber Glen Apartment Complex in the 9800 Block of E. 61st Street in response to a structure fire. Braving the heavy smoke and fire that had spread inside, officers were able to enter and alert residents in eleven separate apartments as fire personnel was rescuing a tenant from the third floor of the complex. One resident was transported to a local hospital for injuries related to smoke inhalation, and no other injuries were reported at the time. Hours later, a tip was provided to the Raytown Police Department Dispatch Center in regard to the fire. The Raytown Police Department Investigations Bureau was notified and an active investigation is underway. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS (8477.)

Report #18-0625

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Raytown man charged in connection with social media threats “to shoot up” school

Press Release

For Release : March 01st, 2018

Prepared By: Sgt. Gary Davis

A Raytown, MO, man has been charged in connection with social media threats that he would “shoot up” school, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Lucas Ledford, dob: 5/24/1994, faces the misdemeanor count of Terrorist Threat 3rd Degree.*

According to court records, residents reported to Raytown police that the defendant stated in a social media group discussion on Facebook that he would shoot the school as well as group members. Lucas told Raytown police, who tracked Ledford to his residence, that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $5000.

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