U.S. Marshals capture fugitive from Camden County in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (News Release) – U.S. Marshal Mark S. James, Western District of Missouri announced a violent fugitive’s run from the law came to an end on Friday night at an apartment building in downtown Kansas City.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office had charged Tom Rickey II with two counts of felony assault in the third degree and felony property damage from an August 2018 incident in Osage Beach where he allegedly caused property damage and assaulted two men with mace in retaliation for an earlier incident involving his brother. In September 2018 he was charged in a separate incident for felony domestic violence and two counts of child endangerment occurring in Sunrise Beach. In the second case, it was alleged that Rickey assaulted his former girlfriend and mother of his two children. Rickey was later arrested and released on bond under house arrest with a GPS monitoring bracelet attached. In late November, authorities discovered that Rickey had removed his monitoring device and went on the run resulting in a bond violation warrant being issued for his arrest.

Over the next month, Deputy Marshals coordinated with numerous law enforcement agencies around the state attempting to locate Rickey, narrowing the focus to the Kansas City and St. Joseph area. Rickey complicated matters during this time frame by taking his two children, who were victims in the case, from their mother and continually moving jurisdictions. Rickey continued to make threats towards victims, family members and others as he eluded authorities.

On Friday January 11, 2018 Deputy Marshals developed information that the children may be in danger and a break in the case came that afternoon when deputies discovered his vehicle at an apartment building in downtown Kansas City. Deputies and detectives from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Career Criminal Unit conducted surveillance and found Rickey with the two children in an apartment where he was taken into custody on the Camden County arrest warrant. The children were returned safely to their mother.

Marshal James credited the numerous agencies around the state that worked tirelessly on this case to include the Sunrise Beach Police Department and Camden County Sheriff’s Office and thanked the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department for their significant assistance leading to the fugitive’s capture.

The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force-Kansas City division, operates in conjunction with members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, Independence Missouri Police Department and other federal law enforcement partners. The task force objectives are to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other serious felonies. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.