May 09, 2020 2:00 AM

Friends help Kansas deputies in arrest of wanted suspect

Posted May 09, 2020 2:00 AM
Zapata photo Barton Co.
Zapata photo Barton Co.

BARTON COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect who tried but failed to hide from them.

Just after 1p.m. Friday, deputies attempted execute arrest warrants at 260 N. Washington just north of the City of Great Bend, according to Sheriff Brian Bellendir.

 Deputies had three felony warrants for John Paul Zapata but were unable to make contact with the individual him. While deputies were at the location, Zapata took photographs of the Sheriff’s vehicles setting outside of his residence and sent them to other people.

Deputies on the scene of the arrest Friday -photo Barton Co. Sheriff
Deputies on the scene of the arrest Friday -photo Barton Co. Sheriff

These other individuals promptly notified the Sheriff’s Office, confirming Zapata was inside the house.

Zapata also stated in his text messages law enforcement was going to have to come in and get him. Deputies continued to knock and announce their presence and Zapata refused to come to the door.

A search warrant was obtained, and deputies repeatedly tried to make contact by voice and telephone. Zapata refused to cooperate.

The Sheriff’s office has executed search warrants at this residence before resulting in recovery of guns, methamphetamine and currency, according to Bellendir.

The Sheriff’s office was hesitant to make a forced entry immediately. Teargas was deployed twice. Sheriff’s officers forced entry and after a thorough search of the house Zapata was found hiding in a crawlspace to avoid the effects of the teargas. He refused to come out at which time several Sheriff’s deputies went into the crawlspace and removed him.

Zapata was placed under arrest at about 5:00 PM and transported to the Barton County Jail and booked on charges of interference with law enforcement officer, criminal threat, felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, felony warrant for domestic battery, stalking as well as violation of the PFA and other charges. Zapata is being held without bond on one of the felony warrants and various bonds amounts on the other charges.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Great Bend Fire Department and EMS as well as the K9 officer and a detective from the Great Bend Police Department.

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May 09, 2020 2:00 AM
Top 2020 Kan. contenders getting out-of-state donations
Barbara Bollier, a former Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. Credit Jim McLean

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ top two contenders in the Senate election and competitive congressional races will be getting majority of their money from out-of-state donors, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Democrat Barbara Bollier and Republican Kris Kobach have received roughly two-thirds of their individual contributions from non-Kansan donors. The amount excludes donations from political action committees.

Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids and Republican Rep. Steve Watkins have also received donations from out of state. Both are top targets for the opposing party in 2020.

Kansas Republican chairman Mike Kukelman says he’s concerned that so much money is flowing into the state.

Bollier, a state senator from Johnson County, raised $1.58 million or 63.5% from donors who live outside Kansas.

Kris Kobach

Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, has received less overall out-of-state cash, but it accounts for an even greater percentage of his fundraising with $292,521 or 69.2% of his individual contributions.

“Conservatives nationally are supporting me because they want to help Kansans put someone with a proven conservative record in the Senate,” Kobach said in a statement.

Davids raised $1.14 million or 63.7 % from out of state. Her top metros include Kansas City, New York and Washington.

Watkins, the freshman Republican from Topeka, received $359,568 or 69.2 % from out of state.

Republicans have attacked Bollier and Davids for their out-of-state fundraising, but they’ve largely ignored Kobach and Watkins’ similar reliance on outside largesse.