This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department crime reports. 


Saturday morning, Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of South Sneed Avenue in reference to a domestic disturbance. Officers were told the assault had taken place over the last few days. At the conclusion of the investigation, it was found the male of the home was the primary physical aggressor. Austin James Hedrick, 21 of Sedalia, was arrested for Domestic Assault in the 4th Degree. Hedrick was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold.


Early Monday morning, Officers were dispatched to the area of West Broadway Boulevard and South Vermont Avenue. They were called to investigate a vehicle reportedly parked in the roadway. Contact was made with the driver, who was under the influence of drugs. Martin Dane Daniels, 57, of Kansas City, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (Drugs – Persistent Offender). Daniels was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold.


On the afternoon of December 5th, Officers were dispatched to the Woods East grocery store for a report of shoplifting. Upon arrival, the suspect had already fled the scene, leaving behind the merchandise he attempted to steal. Information was gathered from store personnel, and a report was completed.


 

Officers stopped a car on Clarendon Road Sunday morning just south of West 16th Street. The car was stopped because had failed to maintain its lane several times. The driver was intoxicated. Derek Kyle Gerke, 33, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Gerke was processed at the Sedalia Police Department, cited, and then released to a sober driver.


 

Sedalia Police stopped a car Saturday night in the area of West Broadway Boulevard and Winchester Drive because it was failing to maintain its lane. The driver was intoxicated by alcohol and drugs. Elizabeth Mae Jones, 24, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (Alcohol and Drugs). Jones was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked in on state charges.


 

Saturday morning, Officers responded to the KO Storage, 1526 West Main Street, in reference to a possible burglary. Several storage units were broken into overnight. The total value of the stolen items is estimated to be approximately $15,530. No suspects have been located at this time.


 

Early Monday morning, Officers responded to the 900 block of South Vermont Avenue for a potential burglary in progress. Officers arrived on scene and found an unsecured door on the residence. Officers cleared the residence, and began a search. Corey Eugene Debates, 32, who had two Failure to Appear warrant for his arrest, was found hiding in a closet. Debates was arrested for his FTA warrant from Pettis County on original charges of Speeding (20-25 MPH Over) from July of 2023 and his Violation of an Order of Protection* warrant stemming from an incident in October of 2023. Debates was transported to the Pettis County Jail pending a total cash or surety bond of $6,500.


 

Officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of South Warren Avenue Saturday night for a warrant check. Officers approached the residence and attempted to enter with the suspect’s husband, but the suspect locked them both out. Officers covered the south side of the residence, and then heard what sounded like furniture being scooted across the deck. Officers illuminated the area and saw the suspect climbing out a back window the house, running north. The suspect fled the area on foot, but was apprehended a couple of blocks away, stopped by the fence that borders the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Mattie Lee Hood, 32, of Sedalia, was arrested for her Probation Violation warrant from Morgan County on original charges of Forgery and Possession of a Forging Instrument.** Hood was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on 24 hour hold for a new charge of Resisting Arrest, while the Probation Violation warrant held no bond. The new charge of Resisting Arrest carried a $5,000 cash or surety bond.


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On the morning of December 10th, Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of West 18th Street regarding reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, contact was made with the resident. The resident stated she did not discharge a firearm. The investigation is still ongoing.


 

Sedalia Police responded to the area of West 7th Street and South Moniteau Avenue for a hit and run accident involving two vehicles Saturday morning. Officers arrived on scene, and ensured the well-being of the occupants of the vehicle struck. Information was gathered and an accident report was completed.


 

Saturday evening, Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of East 10th Street for a report of a knife found in the roadway. Officers arrived on scene, collected the knife, and gathered information.


 

Sunday afternoon, Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of East Broadway Boulevard for a verbal disturbance. Upon arrival, Officers were notified that the reporting party’s vehicle had been stolen. Information was gathered from the victim, and a report was completed. The vehicle was later recovered undamaged.


 

On the afternoon of December 9th, Officers were dispatched to the area of West 32nd Street and Erika Avenue in reference to a motor vehicle crash. The victim reported her vehicle was struck by another vehicle, and the subject drove away without stopping or exchanging information. Officers later located the suspect vehicle near Broadway and Limit, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated. The vehicle continued travelling for approximately a mile, continuing at slow speeds. The vehicle stopped in the area of South Limit Avenue and West 7th Street. Officers were able to take Jose S. Barajas, 21, of Sedalia, into custody without incident. Barajas was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold pending charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle on the Highway Without A Valid License, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident. No injuries were reported due to the crash.


 

Saturday morning, Officers responded to the 500 block of East 10th Street for a potential domestic disturbance in progress. Both parties involved stated a physical disturbance between then occurred. Neither had visible injuries and a primary physical aggressor could not be determined. A 12-hour log report was completed.


 

Officers stopped a truck at the Taco Bell restaurant, 820 South Limit Avenue, after it was observed following too closely. The truck was also failing to maintain its lane. After an investigation, the driver was found to be intoxicated. Bailey Caine Hendricks, 27, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Hendricks was transported to the Sedalia Police Department for processing, and then released to a sober driver with a citation.


 

On the evening of December 5th, Officers were dispatched to the Police Department lobby to meet with a subject who wished to report an assault. Officers arrived to the lobby to speak with the subject, who stated the assault had occurred earlier in the day in the area of West 7th Street and South Missouri Avenue. Information was gathered, a report was completed, and charges were filed.


 

Saturday night, Officers took a report of a previous domestic assault and kidnapping that had occurred. According to the filed Complaint and Probable Cause Report (Casenet#23PT-CR01624), the suspect had unlawfully confined the victim with the purpose of inflicting injury – by choking her, and grabbing and pulling her hair. Officers had been contacted by the victim’s brother on Saturday, stating he could not get in touch with his sister, and requested a welfare check. Officers went to the residence, where the victim pointed out drops of blood and indentations on her front door. She stated the suspect had gotten hot food with her, which fell onto her lap, causing her to toss it. The suspect then threw the food on her, getting food on her face and hair. She stated the suspect slammed her fingers in the door while not allowing her to leave the home. He then inflicted several bruises on her, shoving her into the door every time she would try to leave. The suspect grabbed her by the throat, and according to the victim, spat on her at least five times during a twenty-four-hour span. The victim noted she is half way through a pregnancy and wished to go to a hospital. While the suspect did drive her to the hospital, he would not let her exit the vehicle. The victim described the situation as being “held hostage”. The victim shared a 50-minute recording of part of the incident. While Officers were on scene, the suspect texted the victim, asking her to let him use her car. She said yes, and Officers used this information to locate the suspect. Officers were able to locate the suspect at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store, 2414 West Broadway Boulevard. David E. Taylor Jr., 42, of Sedalia, was arrested for Kidnapping, Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree, and Driving While Suspended. Taylor was held at the Pettis County Jail, pending a cash or surety bond of $75,000.


 

Early Saturday morning, Officers performed a traffic stop on a black Mercury passenger car, because Officers knew the vehicle belonged to an individual who had a revoked Missouri driver’s license. Further, the vehicle did not have any license plates. The stop took place near South Grand Avenue and West 16th Street. The driver, Marcus Mantrell McKnight, was arrested for Driving While Revoked. McKnight was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released with a court date.


 

Sedalia Police got a tip early Saturday morning about a suspended driver who was intoxicated and reportedly driving. Once Police pulled behind her, she stopped in the 500 block of East 10th Street. Ashley Anitra Payne, 37, of Marshall, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended, Failure to Comply with a Required Interlock Device, and No Child Restraint. Payne was transported to the Pettis County Jail, where she was booked and released.


 

On the afternoon of December 4th, Officers received a report in reference to a theft. Officers responded to the National TV, 1400 South Limit Avenue. An employee stated a customer had failed to return rental property. The case was referred to the Pettis County Prosecutor.


 

*Debates has more than one Order of Protection order against him. The warrant in question is from Casenet #23PT-CR01388. Casenet #23PT-DR00513 and #23PT-DR00512 do not appear to be related to this specific incident, and 23PT-DR00606 has been returned unserved.

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**Hood’s Forgery charges stem from a case of altering a urinalysis, passing off false samples as genuine, from April of 2023. Hood was sentenced to five years’ probation with these charges.


 

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