GORHAM, Kan. – A man from Georgia is in custody in Russell County after leading authorities on a chase Thursday morning in western Kansas.
The suspect, 19-year-old Tyreek Bowers-Rivera, allegedly was at a gas station in Bunker Hill when a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was scanning license plates at a gas station when one of the plates came back to a stolen vehicle.
After the trooper called for back up, KHP said as officers were approaching his car, Bowers-Rivera took off and led officers on a chase westbound on I-10 to Gorham where he stole a Cadillac Escalade and led troopers on another chase on I-70 before crashing and was taken into custody.
During the incident officers went door-to-door searching for Bowers-Rivera.
According to the Associated Press, the Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office said Bowers-Rivera allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl who was in the backseat of a stolen vehicle.
The girl was taken when her mother’s car was stolen Oct. 14 outside a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Riverdale. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities say the girl was abducted and sexually assaulted at gunpoint.
The girl’s family told WGCL-TV after the incident last Wednesday that the man who stole the mother’s car realized the girl was in the backseat and let her out a few miles down the road. The girl then flagged down another car and called for help.
Police go door-to-door in Gorham in search of chase suspect Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 (KSN Photo / Molly Hadfield)