For Immediate Release
Sept. 12, 2019
A 30-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for his role in robbery that ended in an Independence officer's shooting, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Ronar Santiago-Torres, dob: 4/14/1989, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Kidnapping and Armed Criminal Action.
According to court documents, the robbery victim’s friend called police when she observed unusual activity via a remote video feed of the victim’s home in the 3600 block of South Delaware Avenue. Independence Police Officer Thomas Wagstaff responded to that 911 call and was shot in the head. Santiago-Torres, with another man, forced their way into the home and pushed the homeowner up against a sliding glass door and beat him. They tied his hands in front of him and demanded he open his safe. One of them held the victim at gunpoint while the other ransacked the home.
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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
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.