For Immediate Release
Feb. 20, 2019
A 36-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with a 39th Street carjacking on Feb. 15, 2019, while an accomplice is charged with trying to drive the stolen vehicle away from police vehicles trying to stop it, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Charles R. Pelton Jr., dob: 2/24/1983, faces Robbery 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges*, while Willie J. Hampton faces the charge of Resisting Arrest.*
According to court records, Kansas City police officers responded to the area of 39th and Hardesty in regard to a carjacking with shots fired. The victim told police that he and another person were getting gas. The driver parked the car, left it running while the other person stayed in the passenger seat. A man entered the vehicle armed with a gun and told the passenger to get out. The driver then fired shots at the truck as it drove away. Surveillance video clearly showed the suspect's face. The next day, officers observed a vehicle with no license plates at the Family Dollar on Independence Avenue. They initiated lights and sirens and pursued the vehicle to 9th and Winner and the vehicle left the roadway near Interstate 435 and 23rd Street. Pelton bailed form the vehicle and fled on foot before he was taken into custody. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Willie Hampton, who tried to drive the car away before he abandoned it and ran into the woods. He also was taken into custody.
Prosecutors requested a $100,000 bond on Pelton and a $20,000 bond on Hampton.
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Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.