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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 3, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN CHARGED WITH HARBORING FUGITIVE

SHAUNTAY HENDERSON


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with harboring Shauntay L. Henderson while she was a fugitive from justice.


             Kendale Dawkins, 21, of Kansas City, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City this morning.


             Today’s complaint alleges that Dawkins harbored and concealed Henderson, for whom an arrest warrant had been issued, from Feb. 20 to March 31, 2007.


             Henderson has been wanted for murder since Sept. 2, 2006. On March 6, 2007, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Henderson alleging her unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, information was received by law enforcement investigators on March 30, 2007, that Dawkins had been with Henderson in February 2007 at a motel in Blue Springs, Mo. Dawkins was taken into custody the next day and interviewed by law enforcement officers, but denied any knowledge of Henderson. After the interview, Kansas City police officers knocked on the door of Dawkins’ apartment at Sycamore Hills Apartments in Kansas City-North, and Henderson came to the door and surrendered.


             The affidavit alleges that Henderson was also with Dawkins when he was arrested by police officers at a Blue Springs, Mo., motel on Feb. 16, 2007 on a failure to appear warrant out of Raytown, Mo. Dawkins initially told the arresting officer there was no else present in the motel room, but Henderson was found hiding in the bathroom. Henderson provided officers with a false name and Social Security number; when a computer check of the false identity revealed no wants or warrants for her arrest, she was allowed to leave.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department.


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