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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


JANUARY 2, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING FEDERAL OFFICER, RESISTING ARREST


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to assaulting a federal officer and resisting arrest during an altercation with several law enforcement officers who apprehended him during Operation Falcon.


             Stanford C. Griswold, 26, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to the charge contained in a Sept. 11, 2007, federal indictment.


             Griswold was arrested on Aug. 21, 2007. Law enforcement officers from several agencies were involved in a metro-wide warrant sweep called Operation Falcon. At approximately 2:30 p.m., officers noticed Griswold sitting in a Ford Taurus in the driveway of a residence where they were attempting to locate a subject who was wanted for an outstanding warrant. Officers later determined that Griswold was actually the cousin of that subject.


             Because Griswold fit the description of the wanted subject, officers ordered him to stop when he exited the vehicle and approached the residence. Griswold refused to obey the repeated commands from the officers as they approached, and attempted to enter the residence. Three officers attempted to detain Griswold on the front porch, but he violently resisted, pushing and pulling in an attempt to free himself from their grasp. As the residence door opened, a federal agent with the Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General grabbed Griswold to prevent him from entering the residence. In the process, the agent’s right arm became lodged between the doorframe and Griswold, who then pushed his body against the agent’s right arm, jamming the arm against the door frame.


             Griswold attempted to pull a Tech-9 pistol from his pants, but the weapon snagged on his waistband. A fourth officer pulled the weapon from Griswold’s waistband and threw it away from the struggle that was still in progress. After a few moments, Griswold was subdued and arrested.


             The injured federal agent was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for a contusion to his right forearm and a sprained right shoulder.


             The wanted subject who was being sought by the officers was located inside the residence and arrested without incident.


            Under federal statutes, Griswold could be subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. It was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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