Escaped murder suspect charged with attack on officer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A murder suspect who escaped custody on Wednesday was charged with aggravated robbery, battery on a correctional officer and aggravated escape.

Lamario J. Stayton, 25, escaped from custody on Wednesday, Feb. 13, while being transported from a Wyandotte County courtroom to a holding cell in the Correctional and Court Services Building in Kansas City, Kan. During his escape, officers said Stayton grabbed the officer’s taser. The officer was able to get her hands on it, however when she pulled the trigger, officers said Stayton managed to turn the taser around, causing the officer to be tased in the face.

“He ran down the street and an off-duty Kansas City, Kan., officer working at BPU saw him and started pursuing him,” said Wyandotte County Sheriff Lt. Kelli Bailiff. “They then jumped a fence and there was some sort of a struggle, or as he was jumping the fence, that officer suffered a severe laceration to the arm.”

Stayton was apprehended within 15 minutes. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Stayton also faces two second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges for crimes unrelated to his escape.


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