JOPLIN, Mo. — The situation began around 5:45 PM as Joplin officers were called to a report of child abuse to a residence on South Kenser Court in South Joplin Thursday evening. What would have been a routine investigation into those allegations escalated when a male inside the residence refused to come out and talk to officers.
It took just over three hours to bring the situation to a resolution so the child abuse allegations investigation could continue. The male subject, now identified as, Wayne Howard, was detained without incident at 8:58 PM.
“Joplin Police were called regarding allegations of possible child abuse. An adult male subject had an active [federal] warrant. Due to the kind of warrant, it was best to call for SWAT to resolve the situation peacefully.”Capt William Davis, Joplin Police Department
SOUTH KENSER COURT IS A DEAD END, SOUTH OF EAST 32ND, IN NEWTON COUNTY, INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF JOPLIN. USE YOUR FINGER TO PAN THIS GOOGLE STREET VIEW MAP OF EAST 32ND/STATE ROUTE FF.
CAPT DAVIS: Around 5:45 PM Joplin Police Department received a call regarding allegations of potential child abuse that was going on near the area of Kenser Court. Officers responded to the area and started to conduct their investigation. During the course of that investigation they were able to identify an adult male inside a residence. And once they identified him and learned he was actively wanted on a serious charge, therefore they surrounded the house, attempted to perform a contain and call out and he refused to come out to officers. So then the Joplin Police SWAT team was called in to peacefully resolve the situation.
BECKER: Can you tell us what kind of warrant?
CAPT DAVIS: Federal weapons violations charge.
BECKER: Can you tell us his name?
CAPT DAVIS: Wayne Howard. I believe he does have a history with the Joplin Police Department and that is something that they take into account. They look up his history and previous dealings and the seriousness in activation of the Joplin Police Department SWAT.
BECKER: So that is the reason for such a large show of force tonight. But not something you do typically?
CAPT DAVIS: Yes it’s important for a safe resolution and thats what the SWAT team is for. And so when officers attempt to contact they need that specialized group of individuals to come in that is beyond the scope of any normal call for services.
BECKER: So what happens from here then?
CAPT DAVIS: The investigation will continue, detectives are on the scene.
BECKER: Thank you so much for talking to us live tonight.
CAPT DAVIS: You are welcome. Thank you.