For Immediate Release
Aug. 17, 2016
A Kansas City man has been charged with robbery for forcibly taking Tuesday night a vehicle occupied by a 91-year-old victim, who said he pushed her out of the car while it was moving, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Edward I. Escobar, dob: 8/8/1991, faces Robbery in the 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records, two women, ages 63 and 91, pulled into a Walgreen's parking lot in the 5400 block of Independence Avenue when a man approached the vehicle and ordered the younger woman out of the car. She struggled with him over the car door but he pulled a gun and got into the vehicle. The older woman was still sitting in the passenger seat. "Are you stealing my car?" she asked the victim. And the victim said he shoved her out of the moving car, causing her to land on the side of the road. The victims and police used a "find my phone app" to trace the stolen vehicle to the area of 50th and Park. It then tacked the moving vehicle northward. Officers in that area pursued the vehicle but Escobar fled, topping 90 mph, ignoring traffic signals and continued fleeing until he wrecked into a grassy berm on Brink Meyers Road. He fled for a time on foot, but was taken into custody by officers. He later told officers he stole the vehicle from a Walgreens parking lot but denied pushing the older woman from the vehicle.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $75,000 cash.
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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.