The Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) requires that information on arrests to include name, age, and address of the arrested, be only published for up to 48 hours. To remain in compliance, the Riley County Police Department will not make press releases available via our archive feature if they contain protected information.

September 28, 2020

On September 28, 2020, at approximately 5:17 am, the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center received a report of shots fired in the 2400 block of Hobbs Dr in Manhattan. When officers arrived on scene, they found one victim, a 19-year-old male, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Via Christi for treatment of his injuries. 

Officers are still on scene, as this is an active investigation. No suspect has been arrested at this time. 

September 24, 2020

Department specific coronavirus statistics will now be included in the Police Activity Report posted weekday on our website. This report will include new positive cases, active cases, and recovered cases.

Statistics will be available in the report posted by 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

“We will continue to share updates with the community about positive COVID-19 cases within the department,” said Director Butler. “Transparency and an open line of communication help us serve you better.” 

September 23, 2020

Today, a Riley County Police Department employee tested positive for COVID-19.  This is the first RCPD employee to test positive since the pandemic started. There is no evidence at this stage that the virus was contracted through department activities.

The employee has not been at work since first becoming aware of the exposure, and will continue to isolate and recover at home.  The employee has reported only mild symptoms at this time. 

September 10, 2020

Join the Riley County Police Department for free food and a virtual meet-and-greet at National Night Out on Tuesday, October 6th. You can drive through the Riley County Fair Grounds to pick up free hamburger and hotdog meals and view emergency service units all while staying in your vehicle. Meals will be handed out by RCPD employees in personal protective gear. After receiving your free food, you can drive through to Hulburt Arena to see displayed emergency response vehicles.


September 10, 2020

Officers filed a report for rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in Manhattan on September 9, 2020, at approximately 3:00 pm. Officers listed a 15-year-old female as the victim and a 67-year-old male known to her as the suspect.

September 6, 2020

On September 6, 2020, at approximately 12:14 am, Riley County Police Department Officers came in contact with Joshua Stepney, 31 of Manhattan in the 1200 block of Moro St.  Mr. Stepney had an active arrest warrant through the Riley County District Court for Probation Violation.  Mr. Stepney physically resisted the officers when they attempted to arrest him. RCPD Officers placed Stepney’s arms behind his back and utilized a wrist lock technique as he continued to resist being placed in handcuffs. The wrist lock was released once Stepney was placed in handcuffs.

August 25, 2020

The Riley County Police Department arrested a Fort Riley man in connection to a rape of a 12-year-old that occurred earlier this month in Riley County. 

On August 25, 2020, at approximately 6:00 PM, Jamichael Strahan, 19 of Fort Riley, was arrested on the offenses of two counts of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and contributing to a child’s misconduct. Strahan was issued a total bond of $500,000.00 causing him to remain confined at the time of this release. 

August 17, 2020

For the first time in 46 years, the Riley County Police Department will change the style and color of uniform for sworn officers. Officers wearing the new uniform attended the August Riley County Police Department Law Board Meeting earlier today.

“One of our core values is professionalism—shown through our actions and appearance. We are committed to having professional character, spirit, and dress while serving Riley County,” Director Dennis Butler said.

July 31, 2020

An adult female body found at Konza Prairie Nature Trail on July 22, 2020 has been identified as missing woman, Nicole Grothe, 38, of Manhattan.  Follow-up conducted by detectives and crime scene investigators revealed information that suggested the body was that of Grothe, and the results of the autopsy and dental analysis confirmed the identification today. There is no indication of suspicious circumstances. The investigation is still ongoing.

July 22, 2020

An adult female body was found at Konza Prairie Nature Trail July 22, 2020, at approximately 10 a.m. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is pending. Early indications do not suggest the death to be suspicious. Additional information will be released when available. There is no indication of danger to the public in the area.