PARSONS, Kan. – Police are looking for a Parsons man wanted after a domestic battery incident and police chase.
The Parsons Police Department is looking for Joshua Cole Sharp. The Parsons Police are asking for the community’s assistance in finding Sharp for questioning. They remind residents that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty. If you see Sharp, authorities say do not approach, or try to detain him, but call the Parsons Police Dispatch at 620-421-7060.
Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “I am very passionate about finding and bringing to justice all perpetrators of domestic violence. As one of the biggest contributors to the crime rate in Parsons it is time that the people demand all local and state courts to have no leniency on cases of domestic battery.”
“Studies have shown that most domestic abusers are repeat offenders and in cases of not having community resources that number is even higher. I have said it before and I will keep saying it, the police department cannot arrest itself out of a high crime rate. Especially in the cases of domestic abuse.”
“We need community groups and leaders to take charge and rally for support to end domestic violence in Parsons. This only ends with positive partnerships with our community.”
Sunday Domestic Dispute allegations and Police Chase
The alleged domestic fight happened Sunday, November 27, 2022. The Parsons Police Department says officers responded to the home on the 1100 block of South 26th around 6:45 pm.
Dispatch told police the suspect, Joshua Cole Sharp, had fled the scene. Officers got to the home and took a description of the vehicle Sharp was driving. They say it was a brown Chevy pickup truck. While at the scene, the Parsons Police Department states officers developed probable cause existed to arrest Sharp for Domestic Battery.
Sergeant Tony Adamson saw a vehicle matching the description with one person inside matching Sharp’s description. It was in the 1000 block of South 21st Street going north. Sgt. Adamson followed the vehicle while trying to get more information. He then tried to initiate a traffic stop at 17th and Main.
Authorities say the vehicle fled north at a high rate of speed, failing to stop at all intersections.
“The brown truck attempted to turn east onto Gabriel Avenue, but left the road and struck a tree on the west bound side of the road. It is believed that Sharp jumped from the truck and fled on foot from the crash. A search of the area on foot an using a K-9 failed to locate the suspect,” states the Parsons Police Department.
Police are now searching for Sharp in the Domestic Battery case. They also say there’s probable cause to arrest him for fleeing and eluding, along with other charges.
The Police Department says domestic violence is the top crime of violence in Parsons. Last year, authorities say there were 136 reported domestic violence incidents in Parsons.
In a release about Sunday’s case, the Police Department states, “It takes a community-wide effort to support domestic violence victims, to provide education and training for victims to be self-supporting and not dependent on a violent relationship for food and housing. It requires victim assistance from the County Attorney’s Office and accountability to be meted out by the Court. This requires different parts of the community to come together to help victims break the cycle of violence.”
“As we approach 2023,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “we’ll evaluate our own enforcement and investigation efforts to focus on our core crime challenges – domestic violence, drugs, people in crisis along with theft.” This will require us to contact the schools, college, helping agencies such as the Safe Haven Women’s Shelter and other clubs and organizations for their help and insight on prevention as well as intervention.”
Authorities are still investigating the case. Police encourage residents to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If you have information about this or any other case, police ask that you call the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at email@example.com.
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