By Dawn Bormann
Mission Police Chief Ben Hadley praised four officers last week for their quick work in February to track down a man charged with trying to abduct a woman in the Hy-Vee parking lot.
The officers received the Distinguished Service Award at the Mission City Council meeting last Wednesday. Hadley said they made a quick arrest thanks to the officers who responded immediately and cooperative help from an Olathe canine unit.
“I’ve been in Johnson County law enforcement for over 20 years,” Hadley said. “This is the best county in law enforcement that I’ve ever seen.”
The attempted abduction happened on Feb. 1 in the Hy-Vee parking lot on Martway. Hadley said the suspect used a knife to try to force a 24-year-old woman into his car. She escaped and he ran off.
“We had three officers that showed up on the scene within less than 60 seconds,” Hadley said.
Mission Officers Chad Hodge, Ryan Baylark and Sgt. Tim Coffer arrived and went to work. Hodge talked to the victim and got her help for her injuries. Baylark and Coffer went across the street to look for the suspect. They were joined by Olathe Officer Ian Mills and police canine, Axel.
The dog led the officers to a ladder propped against a building.
“Officer Baylark climbed up on the roof and as he climbed up the roof our suspect jumped down the other side of the building where Olathe’s canine was waiting and he was apprehended,” Hadley said.
Bradlee Earl Lloyd Campbell, 33, was later charged with aggravated kidnapping for allegedly using a knife to try to force a woman into his car.
Hadley said the suspect had been watching people in the parking lot for a few weeks and decided to act that night.
The quick work meant the suspect was apprehended and put into custody that night.
“A lot of times these cases don’t get an arrest that quick – this is great work by great officers,” Hadley said.