The department’s new Busted page has helped lead to an arrest and charges in a double shooting. Marcus D. Haislip, 23, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. This is the first case in which the Busted page has helped bring charges.
Haislip is charged with entering a gas station in the 3700 block of Broadway on Nov. 29 and opening fire. He struck a security guard and another man in the store before fleeing. Both victims survived. Police placed pictures from the store’s surveillance video on the department’s Busted page on Dec. 5. On Dec. 10, an anonymous tipster identified Haislip as the man in the picture after seeing it on the site. Haislip was charged Dec. 17 and is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond.
The new Busted page launched Nov. 25 with the goal of inviting the public to help identify suspects in felony crimes. This web page features suspects who have been caught on camera committing everything from burglaries to shootings. Previously, these pictures and video had only been circulated internally at KCPD, but now detectives are sharing them with the public to get as many as eyes as possible to identify suspects and close cases. Cases remain on the page for 30 days. New cases are added regularly.