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Suspected violent gang member arrested in Harrisonville, Mo., held on $1 million bond

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A Bates County deputy pursued a suspect up I-49 on Monday who he was told was a documented violent gang member of the “Satan’s Disciples”.

Michael Rojas, 40, and Angela Gautieri, 43, were eventually arrested. Rojas was charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $1 million.

Gautieri was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $25,000, cash only.

The deputy was trying to stop the driver of a stolen 2013 Audi that was in the Butler area. When the deputy turned on his lights, the Audi’s driver pulled over, but when the deputy got out of his car, the driver sped off.

Information from Kansas authorities connected the Audi to Rojas, the suspected violent gang member. Additional units from Butler Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol joined in the pursuit.

Spike strips were put down in Archie, Mo., but the driver was able to avoid them.  A second set of spike strips was placed just south of Harrisonville, which caused two blown front tires. Still, the driver continued to travel north on I-49. During the pursuit, the driver was observed opening his door and dumping what appeared to be a white powder. Authorities also believe he tossed a gun.

When the Audi exited into Harrisonville, the Audi went into a CVS Pharmacy and Price Chopper parking lot, where it ran into traction trouble because of the blown tires. The car was surrounded and Gautieri and Rojas arrested.