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McDonald’s Armed Robbery, suspects arrested, evidence of other crimes say police

AURORA, Mo. — Chief Wesley Coatney of the Aurora-Marionville Police Dept release details regarding an Armed Robbery at McDonalds on November 29.

“AMPD executed a search warrant related to the robbery at McDonald’s the night before and also related to other crimes in the area being investigated by other agencies.”

Chief Wesley Coatney

Female and male were arrested, Kaylee Gold, 22, and Ryan Hall, 22, as a result of the warrant search.

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Chief Coatney reveals, “we recovered guns used in the crimes, ammo, stolen property including cash, clothing worn during the crimes, drugs, and other items considered evidence of their criminal activity.”

The two arrested might be responsible for the McDonald’s Armed Robbery, the Chief anticipates making more arrests related to other cases.

“When that happens, we will notify the community of their identities. All suspects will continue to be considered innocent until proven guilty,” he states.

“We want to express our appreciation for the help we have received from the community, business owners, and other law enforcement agencies that also had people fall victim to these crimes. The investigation work conducted by our patrol and investigators was complex, state of the art, and required a lot of technical work we are thankful to have access to. If it were not for the training, equipment, technology, and community contacts our staff have at their disposal, this case would have taken much longer to clear.

To the men and women of AMPD. This was investigative and tactical work every bit as effective and precise as one would expect from much larger agencies with more resources. We prepare for these things so we can attack them quickly and efficiently when/if they happen. I cannot express how proud I am to be part of this AMPD team. Absolutely remarkable police work, by the best people in the business. When you know you’re going in to handle people known to be armed and willing to use those firearms, and can handle the situation without anyone getting hurt, you have won a major victory in policing.”

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Armed Robbery at McDonalds, Police seek help to identify individuals

AURORA, Mo. — Police and investigators responded late Tuesday night, November 29, 2022 to a report of an Armed Robbery at McDonalds, 1529 South Elliot in Aurora.

Investigators say two masked subjects entered the restaurant dressed in black, with  their faces covered (see security images).

One subject brandished a handgun and asked an employee to be given access to cash in the store.  An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspects left the store on foot.”

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If anyone has any information as to the identity of these individuals, you are asked to call AMPD at (417)678-5025.

No one was injured during the Armed Robbery.

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Police Chief calls first responders heroes

AURORA, Mo. — Chief Wes Coatney of the Aurora Marionville Police Dept shares an incident from late last month, calling first responders heroes.

On August 28th, near midnight, a dangerous and intense situation unfolded in Aurora.

A call came in about a suicidal person who had scaled a tree, tied a strap around their neck, and was in the process of attempting suicide by hanging from approximately 30-40 feet in the air.

The Aurora Fire Department arrived. The person in the tree was known to staff and was known to suffer from addiction and legitimate attendant medical conditions.

Captain Todd Wood and Firefighter Harley Stice arrived.

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Wood operated a ladder from the fire apparatus while Stice was on the end of it, strapped to a safety device. Stice was extended to the individual in the tree who had by this point went into a seizure. The person was only remaining in the tree by the strap around their neck and a foot partially wedged in an extended branch.

From the top of the ladder, Stice attempted to rescue this individual and had only their dead body-weight to contend with as they were unresponsive. As they slipped from the tree, Stice persisted and held them with all of his strength.

If they had fallen, they would have landed on pavement or concrete and most assuredly would have died.

While Stice held on to the person, the strap tightened around their neck and they began to suffocate.

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Officer Blake Baldwin of AMPD arrived to help Stice.

With no available safety harness, Officer Baldwin scaled the ladder. He reached the top of the ladder, leaned out, and cut the strap from around the person’s neck, allowing them to breathe.

Together, Stice and Baldwin pulled the person onto the ladder and Captain Wood lowered all three to safety. The individual was transported for medical and mental health treatment and is alive today.

It is an honor to work beside the heroes I have the privilege to see every day. It’s my pleasure to work with the firefighters we have in our area who have our backs, and we have theirs. It’s knowing we did the right thing for the right reasons that makes public safety a noble and worthwhile calling.

Thank you for allowing us to serve, Chief Wes Coatney.”

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