And Here He Is . . . Kansas City Highway Sniper Suspect: Mohammed Pedro Whitaker
Mohammed Whitaker, 27, faces two A felonies, 7 B felony charges, 9 separate counts of armed criminal action.
Presser was a disaster today from what we hear (then again, newsies are finicky) and just about every reporter finishes the week pissed off . . . Here are the highlights
Man, 27, faces 18 felony counts for highway shooting spree
Whitaker is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond. He could possibly face additional charges.
Ballistics tests connected several .380 caliber bullets recovered from those shooting incidents and witness reports of the shooting incidents to a vehicle similar to Whitaker’s.
FOX 4′s Robert Townsend spoke with the father of the man police arrested late Friday morning. He said his son is innocent. “My son is not the highway shooter,” he said. “I don’t think he did what they are accusing him of. He is not a murderer or a shooter. He’s not a violent person.”
Images of the KC highway shootings suspect in custody
Neighbors of highway shooting suspect rattled
Officials divulged little about Whitaker during the announcement other than he had a limited criminal record. No motive was released.
Official statement . . .
Charges filed in shootings at vehicles
A 27-year-old Grandview, Mo., man has been charged with multiple felony counts in connection with 12 incidents where a gun was fired at a motor vehicle, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Mohammed P. Whitaker, dob: 5-20-1986, faces 18 felony counts related to 12 shooting incidents between March 18, 2014 and April 6, 2014: seven counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class B felony; two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon that resulted in injury, Class A felony; and nine counts of Armed Criminal Action.
According to court records, the 12 incidents occurred on Kansas City area highways. Ballistics tests connected .380 caliber bullets recovered from those shooting incidents and witness reports of the shooting incidents linked a vehicle similar to Whitaker’s to those shootings. Surveillance of Whitaker in his vehicle found him pacing cars in their blind spots while on the highway.
Developing . . .