RAYTOWN, Mo. -- One person is in custody after leading police on a chase and crashing into a Raytown church Thursday morning.
Raytown police were called to the 6500 block of Raytown Road, upon reports of an alleged assault around 4:19 a.m. The caller told police a man had a sword and made statements about believing in God as he placed the sword against the neck of two people.
When police arrived, the man jumped in the U-Haul box truck and fled. Police decided to pursue the man and during the pursuit they noticed four children, ages three to eight, in the cab of the truck.
The chase continued for more than 40 minutes with speeds of around 35 mph. The chase went through Kansas City, Mo., and back to Raytown. Officers said they used stop sticks to try to stop the U-Haul, but the driver kept driving with only three inflated tires.
The U-Haul truck finally came to a stop when it crashed into the front doors of the First Baptist Church off 350-Highway and 78th Street. The suspect then back up but crashed into the doors for a second time.
Officers on the scene surrounded the vehicle and ordered the man out. The man, who initially displayed a knife, exited the vehicle without a weapon but failed to comply with the officers. Officers decided to deploy their Taser when the man started to move back towards the truck where the children were.
Police took the man into custody and found more than 20 weapons on his body including knives, a sword, and a blowgun.
Sleeping bags, pillows and blankets were also found in the back of the U-Haul. Police have not said if the family was living out of the U-Haul, if the truck was stolen, or if they're from the Kansas City area.
Raytown police say they do not believe the woman and children in the vehicle were being held against their will. Investigators were still trying to determine the relationship between everyone in the U-Haul.
As church officials clean up the mess, the pastor said he's just glad no one was hurt.
"My first and main concern is the person or individuals, are they okay, and it sounds like they are, and so now it's just a matter of us trying to figure out how we're going to get this ready at least in some presentable fashion for Sunday morning," Pastor Brandon Park said.