Disturbance leads to arrest for firearm violation and aggravated robbery

January 20, 2018

Disturbance leads to arrest for Firearm violation and aggravated robbery

TOPEKA, Kan.- Officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 300 Blk NW St John at approximately 2:00 p.m. on January 19th. Officers contacted two individuals in a gray 4d vehicle.  A firearm was located in the vehicle and after being provided false identifying information, both individuals were taken to the Law Enforcement Center for further interviews.

Kurtis Schwanz, 40, was transported to the Department of Corrections on charges of Felon in possession of a firearm, felony obstruction and drug charges.

Hunter Hosler,23, was transported to the Department of Corrections on charges related to a Dec 20th aggravated robbery in the 3800 Blk S Topeka Blvd.




Contact:   LT Colleen Stuart   cstuart@topeka.org

Homicide 22Pk and Mulvane Updated Information

Homicide 22nd Pk and Mulvane
TOPEKA, Kan.- At 12:05am on January 14, 2018, Topeka Police officers responded to a report of a gunshot heard in the area of 22nd Park and Mulvane. On arrival they found a passenger car in the tree line with the driver deceased.
The victim has been identified as Travis Larsen, 37 , Topeka. The Topeka Police Department has identified the female shown in photos with the help of our community. At this time, we are looking for a person of interest in this incident.

Zachary Buck-Schrag W/M ,21 years of age W/M 5’11 170 Schrag is considered armed and dangerous. If seen do not approach but call 911 and advise Law Enforcement to take care of the situation. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call DET Lance Green at 785-368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.
Contact: LT Colleen Stuart cstuart@topeka.org

Arrest made after domestic disturbance

Arrest following domestic disturbance

TOPEKA, Kan.-  On December 31, 2017 at 4p.m. a subject armed with a handgun was reported in the 1000 Blk SW 33rd terr. The subject was reported to be at the residence of the subject’s former spouse. The family members were able to leave the home safely and call police.

As officers arrived the subject called into the dispatch center and was transferred to an on-scene officer. After speaking for several minutes, the subject came outside and was taken into custody without incident.  The firearm was secured and confirmed as stolen. The subject was determined to have a felony history.

David Almanza, 36, was transported to the Department of Corrections for theft and criminal possession of a firearm.

Contact:  LT Colleen Stuart    cstuart@topeka.org   

Overnight stabbing ends with arrest

Overnight stabbing ends with arrest

TOPEKA, Kan.-  On Dec 31, 2017 at approximately 11 p.m., TPD responded to the 2100 Blk SW High on a report of several male subjects armed with knives in a parking lot beating another male subject. All involved subjects had left prior to officer’s arrival. Officers were then called to a local hospital for a subject with injuries consistent with having been stabbed.

The victim advised officers he was struck several times with a knife after having an altercation with a known subject over a game. The victim’s injuries were considered non-life threatening. Officers responded back to the 2100 Blk SW High to locate the suspect in this incident.

Deques Brown 35, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Department of Correction for aggravated battery and a warrant from another county.

Contact:  LT Colleen Stuart    cstuart@topeka.org

Chief Cochran acts on Community input

Chief Cochran acts on Community input
TOPEKA, Kan.- Since being named Interim Chief of Police for the Topeka Police Department Chief Cochran has begun making his vision of police-community relations through grass-root efforts a reality. Immediately, Chief Cochran began by meeting with differing community groups in an environment for dialogue about each group’s concerns and how the TPD can play a part in the solution.
One common concern has been the perception of transparency and accessibility for the TPDs policies. After considering the concern, Chief Cochran has authorized the TPD policies to be accessible through the City of Topeka website on the TPD web page.
This new feature can be found here: https://topeka.org/tpd/Pages/Topeka-Police-Policies.aspx
This is only the first step for Chief Cochran in improving the TPD and community relationship that is so vital to the success of any city.
You can stay connected to the TPD through our social media outlets- FACEBOOK, TWITTER, NEXTDOOR, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE and make sure to subscribe to the TPD BLOG (topekapolice.com).

Contact: LT Colleen Stuart cstuart@topeka.org

KU Public Management Center graduates 2 TPD from Law Enforcement Leadership Academy

the 4th Class of the partnership between the University of Kansas Public Management Center and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduated after a one year program.
TPD was there to congratulate 2 of our own- LT Jennifer Cross, currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and LT John Sturgeon, currently assigned to the Administration Bureau. Congrats to both LT’s!

Local organization donates care items for babies to TPD

Crisis can happen to anyone, at anytime. When people come to the police department for assistance, they dont usually bring with them all of the personal care items they may need- this is especially true when babies come in with the families.
A local group found out about the TPDs need to provide for the little ones who come into the station while their family seeks help.
The WITW Oz Outlawz Chapter” (Women in the Wind-Oz Chapter) donated several packages of diapers, wipes, bottles and pacifiers to the TPD to help out-
a much needed donation that will be put to good use- Thank you much!