Two men are in custody and a female was still at large as of 1:50 p.m. after the suspects fled from a traffic stop in southeast Topeka around noon on Friday, a police spokesperson confirmed.
“The incident began when a student at Ross Elementary school told a school administrator they had witnessed a subject with a firearm by a vehicle across from the school,” according to a Topeka Police Department statement.
An officer approached the vehicle, an older model brown truck, at S.E. 33rd and Indiana, just southeast of the Shawnee Country Club golf course.
Witness Janet Bergman, who lives across the street from where the truck was stopped, said she saw three males and one female get out of the truck and run in between the houses just west of Ross Elementary. She said the police officer who had stopped the truck pulled his gun, trying to stop the suspects, adding that a female got away carrying a large, black gym bag. A police dog unit was used to try to locate the female but was unsuccessful.
Bergman said she saw the driver of the truck, later identified by police as Patrick Baumann, 38, with a gun.
Baumann and a passenger, Brandon Youngs, 28, were booked into the Shawnee County jail a short time later. Baumann was arrested in connection with a Topeka bench warrant, and Youngs was booked in connection with a parole violation, according to jail officials.
Ross Elementary was on “secure campus” status while officers searched for the suspects. “Secure campus” means no one is allowed in or out of the building but students and staff are free to move around inside of the facility.
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