UPDATE: According to the FBI, Roberts is being held in the Butler County Jail on a charge of “felon in possession” and is expected to make a court appearance on Monday.


TOWANDA, Kan. (KSNW) — Thirty-five-year-old James Roberts was taken into custody without incident Thursday evening by the FBI, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, supported by the FBI Wichita Resident Agency, attempted to take Roberts into custody at the 4-Mile Creek Campground and Resort regarding an “ongoing investigative matter” on Wednesday evening. The FBI said Roberts fled on foot. Law enforcement officers began searching the surrounding areas for him.

(Courtesy City of Towanda)
James, Roberts (Courtesy: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Around 11:50 a.m. Thursday, the City of Towanda posted an emergency notice for residents that a dangerous individual may be in the city limits. Law enforcement notified the City and Towanda schools that there could be a risk.

Circle USD 375 Superintendent Don Potter said that the Butler County Sheriff’s Office alerted the district of “a situation.” As a result, the schools in Towanda were on a situational lockout Thursday. Potter said that means they secured the perimeter of the schools, but classes proceeded as usual. When it was time to dismiss for the day, parents of children who walk to and from school were notified to pick up their children.