Nov 03, 2020 2:00 AM

Sheriff uses K9, drone to catch wanted Kansas woman

Posted Nov 03, 2020 2:00 AM
Masquat- has previous convictions for theft, burglary, aggravated escape from custody and for drugs, according to the Kansas Dept. of Corrections -photo Jackson County. 
Masquat- has previous convictions for theft, burglary, aggravated escape from custody and for drugs, according to the Kansas Dept. of Corrections -photo Jackson County. 

JACKSON COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas woman on numerous charges after a lengthy search for her by law enforcement.

Just after 2p.m. Sunday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a woman who allegedly burglarized a farm truck near 11655 110th Road west of Hoyt, according to sheriff Tim Morse.

The reporting party stated the suspect later identified as Saleena Rae Masquat, 35, Mayetta, had taken items from the truck, and attempted to flee the field in a 2005 Ford Escape.

The reporting party and the owner of the farm truck attempted to stop the Masquat by shutting the gate and blocking her in with another truck.

Masquat allegedly drove through the field trying to find a place to exit crashed into a fence post causing the airbags to deploy.

She then allegedly backed up and drove through the gate. The vehicle continued east on 110th Road, and the reporting party followed behind as the Ford turned north on Q. Road.

The vehicle appeared to be having mechanical issues when the Masquat stopped at a driveway between 126th and 118th Roads on Q Road and fled eastbound on foot.

Jackson County deputies soon arrived in the area and used a Sheriff’s Office K-9 and a Sheriff’s Office Drone with a FLIR camera to track her into the wooded area. A KHP aircraft also searched the area.

Various law enforcement agencies maintained a perimeter around the section of land. Deputies located Masquat hiding in a brush pile  and she was taken into custody just after 3:30p.m.

The Ford Escape Masquat had been operating was determined to have been stolen in Shawnee County, according to Morse.

 Masquat had an outstanding warrant with the Kansas Department of Corrections for a parole violation. She was also wanted by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for criminal deprivation of property and by the Topeka Police Department for obstruction.

Deputies transported Masquat to the Jackson County Jail and she is being held on burglary, theft and methamphetamine possession charges. Additional charges may be added to Masquat on Monday.

In August 2018, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested her in stolen van and she was charged with four burglaries, two of which took place in Whiting and two near 254th and P. Road, according to Morse.