Joeanna West

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call shortly before noon on Saturday related to suspicious activity in a disabled vehicle near Southwest 1151. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a male and female occupant in what was reported to be a stolen vehicle. The male suspect identified himself as Anthony Petalino, 46, of Montrose.  He was taken into custody immediately. The female suspect allegedly gave the officers two different forms of identification, but was later identified as Joeanna West, 24, of Kansas City. After some resistance West was also taken into custody, according to a report from the sheriff’s department. Both suspects are being held on without bond at the Henry County Detention Center.

Anthony Petalino

Press Release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office

Shortly before noon, on Saturday, April 6, Henry County Central Communications was contacted regarding a reported disabled vehicle in the area of SW 1151, south of the Montrose Wildlife Area.  The calling party stated that the occupants were acting suspicious and provided central communications with the license plates that were on the vehicle.  It was learned that the plates had been stolen out of Independence, Missouri.

At around 1230, Cpl.  Jason Gillespie arrived on-scene and made contact with the vehicle’s occupants.  The male subject identified himself as Anthony David Petalino, age 46, of Montrose.  Cpl. Gillespie immediately placed Petalino into custody on an investigative hold for an unrelated manner.  A computer check of the vehicle’s VIN confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen as well, occurring on March 26, from Liberty, Missouri.

The female subject was taken into custody by Cpl. Gillespie on an investigative hold, at which time she offered some minor physical resistance, but was eventually handcuffed.  Assistance was requested from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Trooper Brandon Parker responded to the scene.

During the course of the investigation, the female occupant provided officers with two (2) different identities, and appeared to be under the influence of a chemical substance, possible methamphetamine.  Both suspects were placed within patrol vehicles while waiting for a tow service to respond to the scene.

While further investigation was being conducted with Petalino, the female suspect managed to manipulate her handcuffs from behind her body to in front of her, after which she then moved into the driver’s seat of the Highway Patrol vehicle and fled the location.  While fleeing the scene, the female suspect struck Cpl. Gillespie’s patrol vehicle, when drove the stolen Highway Patrol vehicle directly toward Cpl Gillespie.  Being placed within apprehension of physical injury or death, Cpl. Gillespie fired his duty weapon multiple times at the female suspect, striking the patrol vehicle on numerous occasions.

The female suspect then fled the officers’ location with the stolen patrol vehicle, heading southbound on SW 1151, toward Montrose.  A few moments later, the female suspect stopped the vehicle in the middle of the roadway and accelerated heavily while attempting to turn the vehicle around.  During her attempt to turn around, the vehicle travelled off of the roadway and became stuck within a ditch.  Trooper Parker then approached the vehicle and the female suspect was again taken into custody.

The female suspect was later identified through Department of Corrections photographs as Joeanne Marie West, age 24, of Kansas City, Missouri.

West is being held on a no bond parole absconder warrant (original charge of robbery), investigation of assault 1st degree law enforcement officer and stealing of a motor vehicle.

Petalino is being held on a no bond parole absconder warrant (original charge of burglary 1st degree) and a Clay County warrant for driving while revoked.  Both subjects remain in the Henry County Detention Center.