The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 15, 2014

Search continues for robbery suspect

By Dan Nienaber
dnienaber@mankatofreepress.com

---- — MANKATO — Police continued their pursuit of a Mankato man suspected of robbing a car at gunpoint Tuesday when they searched a North Broad Street house at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Thomas Kendricks III, 23, lives at the house at 321 N. Broad St. He was not found during the search, a Mankato Department of Public Safety report said.

It was the second time a house has been searched as a result of the carjacking, which was reported by a woman at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The car was stolen from her by two men in the 200 block of Briargate Road.

While investigating the robbery, police learned it was possible the car was in Austin or a couple other Minnesota cities, said Cmdr. Dan Schisel. So police were looking for the car when it was found outside an Austin residence at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A standoff took place for several hours outside that house. As a result of information that was provided by people there, police suspect Kendricks is one of the men involved in the carjacking, said Mankato Public Safety Director Todd Miller. Kendricks was not found at the Austin house.

"He is still at large and still a subject of interest," Miller said.

Kendricks was released from prison in June after serving three years for participating in a bank drop robbery. He and a restaurant employee robbed the employee's manager while he was making an after-hours bank drop. The men were both arrested Feb. 8, 2010, after they robbed a cab driver who picked them up in the 200 block of N. Fifth St.

Anyone with information about Kendricks or where he has been should call 911 or 507-387-8780.