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Published November 21, 2018

Armed suspect chased from Eldon to Sedalia

MILLER/MORGAN COUNTIES – A chase that started south of Eldon ended east of Sedalia when the vehicle wrecked into a ditch thanks to punctured tires. Last Tuesday (November 13) at approximately 10:25 a.m., the Miller County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen vehicle south of Eldon.

According to the information received the vehicle was allegedly stolen at gunpoint. Deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department responded to Highway 52 east to watch for the described vehicle.

At around 10:45 a.m. the vehicle was observed on Highway 52 in Morgan County traveling westbound from Big Rock Road.

Morgan County Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle near Highway 52 and Brookside Road but, according to Morgan County, the vehicle failed to yield and continued westbound on Highway 52.

Other deputies had staged at the Save A Lot store in Versailles and attempted to deploy stop sticks but the vehicle took evasive action to avoid the stop sticks.

The vehicle then traveled to Highway 5 at which time it proceeded north towards Fortuna. The Missouri Highway Patrol once again attempted deployment of stop sticks at the Moreau Creek Bridge south of Fortuna and was unsuccessful.

Next, the Tipton Police Department attempted a stop stick deployment at Highway 5 and Route NN but again the suspect avoided the stop sticks.

The pursuit then traveled to Tipton and onto US Highway 50 westbound. Starting at the Pettis/Morgan County line stop sticks were attempted several more times by Pettis County Deputes and the Missouri Highway Patrol.

One of the deployments was successful and the right rear tire was deflated. Another deployment was attempted just east of Rissler Road and US 50 near the east city limits of Sedalia.

The suspect attempted to avoid those stop sticks at which time he lost control of the vehicle and spun out into the south ditch of US 50 at Rissler Road.

The driver was then taken into custody without further incident. According to law enforcement, located inside the vehicle was a Smith and Wesson pistol and approximately three pounds of high grade marijuana.

Arrested was Kayondez Ronelle Avalo, 18, of Belton, MO, who was charged in Morgan County with the following charges:

• Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid
• Unlawful Use Of Weapon - Subsection 11 - Possess Weapon And A Felony Controlled Substance
• Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person

Avalo is being held on a $150,000 Cash Only bond in the Morgan County Jail.
He was also charged in Miller County with Robbery 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action and a warrant was issued with a $200,000 bond.

When this pursuit started, Morgan County R-1 in Stover and Morgan County R-2 in Versailles were both placed on lockdown as a precaution due to the subject possibly being armed.

Agencies involved in this incident were the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Versailles Police Department, Tipton Police, Moniteau County Sheriff’s Office, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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