Community reacts after manhunt ends in Montgomery County

10 months 1 week 2 days ago March 09, 2016 Mar 9, 2016 Wednesday, March 09 2016 Wednesday, March 09, 2016 1:34:00 PM CST in News
By: Jasmine Lee, KOMU 8 Reporter
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY - The residents of Montgomery County said they are "relieved but feel for the victim's family" after a 17-hour manhunt ended for a man charged with killing five people. 

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino was charged Wednesday with murder, burglary, and armed criminal action in the death of a Montgomery County resident. Kansas City prosecutors had previously charged him in four other deaths.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrested him early Wednesday morning. They said he was hiding in a ditch on Highway 19 along Interstate 70.

Sgt. D.J. Hedrick said Serrano-Vitorino was crawling in the mud when officials captured him.

Kansas City, Kansas, prosecutors charged Serrano-Vitorino with four counts of first-degree murder just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. They said he killed four men in Kansas City Monday night.

Jeremy Waters of Miami County and Kansas City residents Michael Capps, Clint Harter and Austin Harter were shot to death in Kansas City, Kansas Monday night. A Kansas City, Kansas police officer said one of the victims was able to call police before he died.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a fifth victim's body was found near a residence in Montgomery County not far from where Serrano-Vitorino's abandoned truck was discovered.

Ed Miller, the supervisor at a Shell gas station located right beside the spot where Serrano-Vitorino was arrested, said he was afraid for his employees and community Tuesday night.

"You never know who is coming up and down this interstate," Miller said.

According to KSHB, Serrano-Vitorino is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and was deported in April 2004.

"I do think we should try and keep our borders more safe and check who is actually coming here, but you can't blame all of the immigrants for one man's actions," Miller said.

Chad Bethel is the Montgomery County victim's neighbor. He said he could not get home until 6 p.m. Tuesday night because officials were blocking the street during the search.

"I don't know why he came to his house," Bethel said. "There's five houses before that house. When I heard that he killed my neighbor, it made me mad. I was more mad than anything."

Serrano-Vitorino was scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. in the Montgomery County Courthouse.

 

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