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Suspect tries to flee
behind Runaway Bar

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

A Kansas City man attempted to flee behind the New Runaway Bar in Riverside last Wednesday.

Clarence A. Gresham, 54, Parkville, came to the attention of police following an alleged domestic assault. Police say he also had several active warrants totaling bonds of $17,500 for interfering with an arrest and violating a zoning regulation.

Detective Leroy Williams with the Northmoor Police Department spotted Gresham traveling west on Vivion Road in Northmoor on Wednesday, Nov 25. Gresham allegedly failed to stop for police and continued traveling west at 35 m.p.h.

Police pursued the suspect as he turned into the Vivion West Shopping Center. Gresham parked his vehicle in front of the New Runaway Bar at 2420 NW Vivion Road, where he fled on foot. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Riverside Police Department responded to the scene.

Gresham was detained behind the shopping center and transported to the Platte County Detention Center. During his arrest, police say they recovered a fanny pack containing $17,000 in cash and a silver knife. The suspect told police he was carrying the large amount of cash to cover his bond amount.

Gresham was charged with a misdemeanor of resisting a lawful stop and a misdemeanor for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. His bond was set at $10,000 and he successfully posted it. He is no longer in custody and a court date has not yet been set.