Records reveal person of interest in Platte Co. fire has faced legal trouble before

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PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. -- Stealing a motor vehicle isn`t the first time that Grayden Denham has been in trouble with the law.  Documents show that Denham pleaded guilty to assaulting a corrections officer in Johnson County, Mo., in July of 2015.

Denham was in custody at the time. Police documents say after transporting Denhan, the officer removed Denham’s shackles and cuffs for a search.

That's when documents say Denham tried to hit the officer in the head with his elbow, grabbed the officer by the back of the neck, and started pulling him downward. The officer eventually used his pepper spray on Denham, which he tried to grab from that officer.

Denham is currently only charged with stealing the brown Nissan Versa that belonged to his parents. Prosecutors say he was not allowed to use it.

"Investigators also determined from relatives and neighbors that Denham was not allowed to drive the Nissan Versa or any of the other vehicles from that location because his driver`s license had been suspended," said Zahnd.

Documents say when Denham was arrested in 2015, he was had warrants in Kansas City and Smithville. Authorities say Denham`s license had been revoked for accumulating points after failure to pay his child support. Denham has not been charged in connection with the four homicides, nor the fire, but authorities want to question him about both.

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