KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The search for an armed robbery suspect in Kansas City led to an entirely different discovery by police. Now a 26-year-old man is facing charges.
William Brooks turned himself into police Friday night after learning of the charges against him. He's facing felony attempt to produce marijuana in a home with a child present and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest and charges are all thanks to a man Brooks says he barely knows and police say they've uncovered a grow operation. Kansas City, Mo. police were actually looking for 24-year-old William Dunagan, an armed robbery suspect wanted on a felony parole violation.
On March 8th, according to court documents, police found him at Brooks’ home on east 84th Terrace. But what they found inside the home surprised neighbors on the quiet street.
“Like I said, I had no idea any of that was going on in that house,” said neighbor Alesia Britt.
Guns, an extensive amount of ammunition, bags of marijuana, blue pills, surveillance cameras in several rooms of the home and nearly $400. According to court documents all of what was found was in plain view after the homeowner, Brooks, gave officers the okay to search the house.
“But they seemed like nice people. You never know,” Britt said.
According to prosecutors, police also uncovered a newly constructed room where, according to court documents, they found a marijuana grow operation, including an irrigation & ventilation system, garden hoses, plant food, heat lamps, PVC piping, and dehumidifiers.
“You just never know. I mean I see them come outside and sit out on the porch. I seen people go back and forth in but I had no indication that all of that was going on in that house,” Britt said.
The find comes just a few weeks after a vacant garage on the property next to Brooks burned to the ground, leaving neighbors suspicious enough to put surveillance cameras on the porches of their own homes.
“Now that you said what they found in that house, I would think the fire of that garage was probably their doing and had something to do with whatever they was doing in their house,” Britt said.
Brooks told FOX 4 what police found was for growing tomatoes, but according to court documents he admitted his intention to grow marijuana. He also told FOX 4 he intends to bring a lawsuit against KCPD for the manner in which police searched his home, which he says was all caught on his in-home surveillance system.