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Walker Elementary On Lockdown While Florissant Police Chase Car Thief

Police told Patch that the suspect abandoned the car on foot behind the school before the lockdown was enforced.

Students at Walker Elementary were briefly put on lockdown Wednesday while Florissant Police foiled a car thief nearby.

After six Florissant police cars were seen speeding down Humes towards Shackelford Wednesday, Florissant Patch received an anonymous tip from a community member.

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"I couldn't see where they went but they completely bypassed an accident at Humes and Patterson," the tipster said. "A seventh unmarked car just went that direction also."

She added that nearby Walker Elementary was instructed by Florissant Police to go on lockdown soon after she saw the apparent chase.

Patch contacted Florissant Police Officer Andy Haarmann, who explained that on Wednesday morning, an officer saw a car drive by that matched a description of a car stolen Tuesday night.

"The car turned out to be stolen, and the driver bailed out of the vehicle on Verlene and Don Donna right behind the school," Haarmann told Patch. "The officer chased the driver on foot, and he was caught a few blocks up from the intersection." 

He added that the male suspect never entered school property.

"But once he started to run on foot, the police department felt it was necessary to let the school know about the activity in the area," he said. "I believe the total time of the incident (when the officer first saw the car to when the suspect was caught) only lasted about 4 minutes."

Karen McKay January 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM
'Florissant has the best police department' Thank you to the department staff and for all you do for our community every day.
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Definitely agree! Kudos to the FPD. :)
K Smith January 24, 2013 at 05:32 AM
I strongly disagree. The Florissant Police department purposely didn't do any investigation into the abuse of our 4 children over a 4 year period despite the guilty plea to one incident. OUr children suffered torture, broken bones, being fed Windex, and bags over their heads. They did no investigation and didn't even get the medical records from the pediatrician documenting all of the abuse. Furthermore it took 8 months to just get the first interviews. They also let a statute expire into theft by the perpetrator's grown daughter. We had a falsified police report by Sgt. Biermann who never even brought her in for questioning. He laughs about it and says "I am a pretty busy guy"THis is deplorable. Chief Karabas's response to the stolen materials "what do you want me to do about it?" IT took 8 trips to the station to just get the police report. OUr family has suffered so much emotionally in the last 4 years of trying to get justice!! THis police department doesn't care about kids! Detective Andrew Hale told me to call victim services to get interviews and did nothing to work with DFS in getting all the evidence by the doctors to file appropriate charges.THis perpetrator broke 3 bones in my son's legs and a ruptured eardrum and has done no jail time. Our other son also sufffered a fractured femur. We want the community to know what is really going on here and hold this department responsible and accountable. This can't and must not happen to any other families in Florissant!!!
Angela Atkinson (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM
K. Smith--please email me at angela.atkinson@patch.com. I want to help.
nicole January 24, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I bet this is the same guy from m from my house I live only 5 minut I live only 5 minutes from here
Patricia Vance January 24, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Whenever I have had any issues and have had to call the FPD they have always gone over and beyond their call of duty to solve the situation. And I thank all of them for their continued service to our city
K Smith January 24, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Hi Nicole, The perpetrator is a 62 year old woman in Florissant. This abuse occurred over a 4 year period.
K Smith January 24, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hi Patricia, I am glad you had a good experience. Unfortunately, this hasn't been the case with our family. We have been residents of Florissant since 1996. We kept bringing the abuse to the attention of Detective Hale and he just blew us off and said " You call Victim Service" We are talking major negligence here with not even working with DFS or even gathering medical records to substantiate continued abuse to 4 children over a 4 year period. I don't know if people were brought off in this case. We are talking 4 fractured bones in the legs (the hardest bone to break) bruising on the ears of both our boys the same day with the ages being 3 years old and 6 months. All the breaks occurred between the ages of 18 months to 2 1/2 years of age. I know of someone else who they took a report from the perpetrator only and never interviewed any other witnesses. They laugh at what was done, and Detective Reiland cursed in front of 3 year old daughter and said "I wouldn't have done anything differently.
nicole January 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM
K.Smith I'm sorry I'm not sure what happened when I was typing.. my car was stolen from my house..
stacey January 25, 2013 at 03:06 PM
K Smith (just my opinion) Unfortunately the laws prevent police departments from doing much w/child abuse. They are only supposed to report what they were told and what they witnessed to DFS. Many times DFS doesn't even let police dept's know the outcome. DFS is who you should be continuously calling until SOMEONE, ANYONE helps you. In the meantime put the abuser on blast. Meaning do not allow her to watch another child, ever! Tell people her name, I'd post outside her house until i was arrested, but that's just me. More than likely the police made a report, DFS went to "look" and because she was pre-warned of their visit everything looked perfect and she had her own story as to why someone would accuse her. Just some thoughts. I've had to call FPD on child abuse that I witnessed they were there w/in 5 minutes. They also came to me and explained that they called DFS and DFS continues the investigation from there. It's the law, it's sucks, and needs to be changed!! Advocate for these kids until someone does something!! Sorry for all you've been, and continue going through. If you want I can give you some websites, phone numbers, etc.
K Smith January 25, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Hi stacey, The perpetrator was charged for one incident to one of our children. Missouri law says they are to do a Co-investigation and Office of the Child Advocate did say DFS substantiated the abuse to our one son. It is then the responsibility of Florissant to do the criminal investigation which they didn't. They lied in the DFS reports saying an investigation was occurring but it never happened. Prosecuting child abuse is the legal responsibility of the police as well as filing all charges which didn't happen. Many people are at fault including the prosecuting attorney, DFS, and the Florissant Police Department. The prosecuting attorney was removed from all child abuse cases and Office of the Child Advocate did say that DFS and Florissant Police violated state policy in not questioning the perpetrator after the CAC forensic interviews occurred and could't agree with the DFS conclusion. Thanks for your support!!!

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