Belton man charged with illegal firearms after police chase | USAO-WDMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Belton, Mo. man who caused a crash while fleeing a police helicopter, then fled from officers into the backyards of a residential area before being apprehended, was charged today in federal court for unlawful possession of firearms.

Jonathon M. Pentlin, 24, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of firearms in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. Pentlin remains in custody federal government pending a detention hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s federal criminal complaint, a police helicopter was following the stolen 2015 Ford Focus, which Pentlin was driving, from Belton to a Phillips 66 gas station at 5151 E. Red Bridge. Road in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, February 23. Law enforcement officers were watching Pentlin and another person as part of an ongoing investigation into a residential burglary in which multiple firearms were stolen. The passenger got out of the Focus and got into another vehicle at the gas station. Pentlin continued to drive the stolen Focus westbound on Red Bridge Road.

As the helicopter followed the Focus, according to the affidavit, Pentlin began to roll at high speed. The Focus was involved in an accident in the 107 sectorand Terrace and Grandview Road in Kansas City, Mo. Pentlin got out of the vehicle and ran west through the backyards. A Kansas City police sergeant who got out of his vehicle to try to apprehend Pentlin saw that Pentlin was armed with a handgun as he ran through the backyards.

Additional officers arrived and located Pentlin in the backyard of a residence on E. 107and Terrace. Officers ordered Pentlin to the ground, the affidavit states, but he refused to follow their orders and continued to act erratically. Pentlin clenched his fists and assumed a fighting stance, declaring, “I’m going to kill you all.”

A Kansas City police officer shot Pentlin with a taser and he fell on his back. While on the ground, Pentlin continued to resist arrest and attempted to kick officers. During Pentlin’s arrest, he bit an officer in the right thigh, resulting in an open wound with bruising and swelling. While officers waited for EMS to arrive, according to the affidavit, Pentlin continuously hit his head on the grass and attempted to bite off the hands and fingers of several officers. Pentlin was transported to a local hospital by EMS.

An ATF officer with a police dog searched the area and found two firearms, a loaded Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a loaded Beretta 9mm semi-automatic handgun, below deck ‘a residence. Officers also found two plastic bags containing approximately 4.03 grams of methamphetamine, ammunition and drug paraphernalia in the stolen Focus that Pentlin was driving.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition. Pentlin has previous convictions for tampering with a motor vehicle and possession and distribution of illegal drugs.

The accusation contained in this complaint is merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. The evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal jury, whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Byron Black. He was investigated by the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Safe Neighborhoods Project

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.

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