The Excelsior Springs Police have announced that they have a juvenile suspect in custody on allegations related to the stabbing of a 43 year old woman on March 10th.
The 15 year old male suspect was arrested just after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Excelsior Springs Middle School. The arrest was handled by School Resource Officers and Police Department Investigators without incident. The juvenile, whose name cannot be released due to his age, was immediately taken to the Clay County Juvenile Justice Center and released into their custody.
The case has been given over to Clay County Juvenile authorities for further action.
Press Release From Excelsior Springs Police Department
The Excelsior Springs Police Department is announcing that at about 1:08 PM today, a 15 year old male suspect was arrested and taken into custody for offenses related to the 1st Degree Assault and stabbing/cutting attack of a 43 year old female victim that occurred in the 200 block of N. Maple in Excelsior Springs, Missouri on March 10, 2014. The suspect was taken into custody at the Excelsior Springs Middle School by School Resource Officers and other Police Department Investigators without incident. The suspect was immediately transported to the Clay County Juvenile Justice Center in Liberty, Missouri and released into their custody. Due to the suspect being a juvenile, we are unable to release any further information concerning his identity. The criminal case has now been forwarded to Clay County Juvenile authorities for disposition.
The arrest is a culmination of a two-month investigation that has been ongoing since the attack occurred on March 10th. Most of the physical evidence has now been processed by the Kansas City Police Crime Lab, and the DNA results have helped confirm initial suspicions of the perpetrator, who was a known “person of interest” early on in the investigation. Although we wish this case could have resulted in an arrest much sooner, it was imperative to the case that the crime lab be able to process the physical evidence and provide formal results, which takes time.
The Excelsior Springs Police Department would like to publicly thank the Kansas City Police Department for their assistance not only with the crime scene processing, but also for the exceptional work of the KC Police Crime Lab.