Documents name police chase suspects; one with past chase record
COLUMBIA - (Updated at 6:40 p.m.) Court documents revealed new details Friday about the events of Thursday's shooting in Callaway County which was followed by a car chase through multiple mid-Missouri counties. Past court records also show the main suspect has a lengthy criminal record including a 2008 police chase in Caldwell County (see below for details).
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it arrested 33-year-old Ryan Rummans and 34-year-old Ruben Harris in connection to the case. Callaway County prosecutors charged Harris and Rummans Friday with several violent felony offenses including shooting a victim. Rummans is hospitalized for a gunshot wound sustained during a shootout with police.
MSHP Troopers said the suspects, both from Kansas City, demanded a car at R.C. Autobody Shop in Callaway County after crashing a stolen 1997 Toyota on I-70. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office said the men confronted Darren Yancy and Ryan Clevenger, two R.C. Autobody employees, who gave them the keys to a 2015 Hyundai Genesis. Deputies said that did not satisfy Rummans and provoked him to display a handgun.
Deputies said Rummans shot Yancy after Yancy reported him to authorities. According to Callaway County Sheriffs' deputies, the other employee, Clevenger, returned fire to the suspects with a gun found in the auto shop.
Yancy suffered a serious gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to University of Missouri Hospital.
The suspects then stole the Hyundai Genesis from the auto body shop and led officers on a pursuit for about two hours through multiple mid-Missouri counties, according to authorities. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office said the pursuit led authorities on a chase through Miller, Camden and Hickory Counties. They also said the suspects fired from their vehicle toward the officers during the chase.
Near the end of the chase, officers and the suspects exchanged gunfire, MSHP troopers said. The pursuit ended when the suspects crashed their car in Hickory County, according to authorities. Deputies said Rummans drove the car and Harris was riding in the passenger seat.
At the end of the chase, Rummans admitted to an MSHP investigator he was responsible for the shooting and robbery at R.C. Autobody and was accompanied by Harris.
Callaway County prosecutors charged Harris Friday with robbery, assault and armed criminal action. Harris was being held in Camden County Jail under no bond.
Rummans was being held at Mercy Hospital for observation. Rummans will be booked when he is released from the hospital.
Past court documents reveal main suspect's criminal past, previous police chase
KOMU 8 uncovered past court documents Friday that revealed Ryan Rummans faced a long history of criminal charges in many different Missouri counties. One of those charges included leading police on a chase in Caldwell County. Below is a timeline of Rummans' criminal background:
In 2002, Rummans pleaded guilty to domestic assault in Clay County. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to a 2001 DWI in Jackson County. In that same county, Rummans pleaded guilty to a 2003 drug charge within the city limits of Kansas City.
In 2007, Rummans resisted arrest in Macon County. He was convicted of assault on multiple individuals: a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction zone or work zone, utility worker, cable worker, or probation and parole officer. He also pleaded guilty to fleeing and driving without a license.
Macon County prosecutors sentenced Rummans to three years for resisting arrest, one year for driving without a license and three years for assault.
Rummans led Caldwell County authorities on a chase in 2008. The St. Joseph News Gazette reported the chase went through two counties in a stolen vehicle out of Greenview, Missouri. The paper reported he was pulled over and got away from the officers. Rummans was arrested after driving over spike strips. Prosecutors convicted him of resisting arrest by fleeing in 2009.