On Friday around noon, Pettis County deputies and Sedalia Police were conducting an investigation into multiple stolen vehicles in the Sedalia area.

During the course of the investigation, deputies located the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Joshua Michael Larsen of Sedalia. As deputies attempted to make a vehicle stop on Larsen, he fled the area and a vehicle pursuit began.

Larsen eventually abandoned the stolen vehicle at Winchester and West Broadway and fled on foot. After a foot pursuit, Larsen attempted to forcibly take another vehicle at knife point. It was at that point, Larsen was taken into custody in the Thompson Hills Shopping Center.

According to the SPD, Larsen crashed into a Pettis County deputy's patrol vehicle with the stolen car, causing minor damage to both vehicles, then fled on foot.

Larsen was taken to the Pettis County Jail and charged with 1st degree tampering with a motor vehicle, 1st degree property damage, two counts of attempted armed robbery, resisting arrest by flight, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and driving while revoked, according to the SO.

Larsen also is accused of damaging a vehicle that was parked in the State Fair Community College parking lot, 3201 W. 16th Street. The incident was classified as 1st degree property damage to a motor vehicle with intent to steal.

Randy Kirby