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Suspects in hotel
shooting released

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

Charges have not been filed against two suspects recently detained by the Kansas City Police Department for their alleged involvement in several vehicle break-ins that resulted in a Platte County hotel guest being shot in the leg by a stray bullet.

After being held briefly, the suspects were recently released without charges, though authorities say the investigation is continuing.

Capt. Randy Jacobs with the North Patrol Kansas City Police Department said Wednesday police are actively pursuing another suspect, who they believed was involved in the shooting that occurred outside of the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham not far from KCI in Platte County.

Authorities say they are also waiting on lab results to assist in the investigation.

So far, only 18-year-old Roderick D. Thompson has been charged in connection with the incident. Thompson is charged with four felony counts of tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree. He is being held at the Jackson County Detention Center.

Court records allege Thompson was taken into custody at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 for allegedly defacing a black Ford F150. While in custody, Thompson allegedly implicated himself in a series of vehicle break-ins, authorities refer to as smash and grabs. Based upon his knowledge of the events that occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 10, Thompson was also charged in connection with operating a silver Mercedes without the owner's consent and defacing a grey Dodge Charger, as well as a red Ford F150.

Platte County Circuit Court Judge Quint Shafer set his bond a $50,000.

Thompson's alleged involvement in a series of smash and grabs on Feb. 10 transpired at the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham located at 11831 NW Plaza Circle Drive. An unidentified witness said he noticed three black males entering several parked vehicles in the hotel lot. When the witness confronted the perpetrators, several shots were fired in the witness's general direction.

One of the stray bullets pierced a hotel guest's room window, striking the sleeping hotel guest in the leg.

The guest suffered non-life-threatening injury.

During the early morning hours on Feb. 10, thieves also targeted several adjacent airport hotels during the night. Approximately, thirty vehicles in all were broken into at four different hotels. Five guests at the Four Points by Sheraton had their truck windows broken out and items stolen. Hilton and Holiday Inn also reported multiple vehicle break-ins.