Kansas City now offers $25,000 rewards leading to arrests in homicides






KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Police and other law enforcement authorities announced Friday several measures to combat gun-related violent crime in Kansas City.

Authorities at the news conference held at the U.S. District Courthouse discussed their new and ongoing efforts while stressing that the help of the community is crucial.

One initiative includes a reboot of the federal “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program, where local and federal authorities will individually target a small number of the city’s most violent offenders.

According to Kansas City police, the summer is historically a peak time for gun violence throughout the city. This comes as police and their federal, state and community partners launch initiatives in hope of reducing crime.

After 18 months of evaluation, they’ve adopted a strategy that has made a major impact on violent crime in other cities, such as Tampa, Florida.

Rick Armstrong, president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, also announced that a grand total of $25,000 is now being offered for anonymous tips leading to an arrest in a Kansas City, Missouri, homicide through the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline.

This is up from the previous $10,000 reward.




Authorities say, volume increases over previous years have made a difference.


Metro mom still waiting for answers 11 years later: Who killed her son?

Chris Bartholomew

Posted 10:22 pm, April 10, 2018, by Megan Dillard, Updated at 10:23PM, April 10, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The sun continues to come up and go down, thousands of times now, since Misty Kirwan’s son was shot and killed.

In the 11 years since his murder, Chris Bartholomew’s mom hasn’t forgotten how raw and real the pain is.

“You know, it’s your baby,” Misty Kirwan said. “You worry, ‘Was he scared? Did he really know what was going on?’ You have that fear because that’s your baby.”

Kirwan said it’s about justice for her son, but it’s specifically about the person with the right information calling police.

“There is nothing that compares to your only child being gone,” Kirwan said.

Misty Kirwan and her son Chris Bartholomew

She said most of her son’s 21 years were just the two of them.

“That bond is there. It’s there normally, but when it’s just the two of you, it’s even stronger,” she said.

The metro mother said he was a college student working toward a career as a police officer. It’s part of why he was the one his friends called when they needed a ride one May night, 11 years ago.

“His friends had gone down to Westport, had too much to drink, called him and he went down to pick them up,” she said.

Police have told Kirwan that gang members were driving and trading bullets near 39th and Broadway and that her son was shot while walking on the sidewalk outside Walgreen’s.

“Several of [the drivers] went through the parking lot and several other went up onto Broadway heading north shooting at each other the whole time, and Chris was on the sidewalk in between the shooting,” she said police told her.

He died the next day at a hospital.

More than a decade later, there is no one behind bars for his death. Police have identified a blue 2003 Isuzu Rodeo, a gray 2007 Pontiac G6, and a brown vehicle with suspected involvement.

Suspect vehicles in Chris Bartholomew’s death

Kirwan said with that many people there, she knows someone has the answers she needs both for her son and possible someone else’s.

“The sad thing is because people won’t talk, and they won’t come forward, there could already be someone else that has been murdered by this person,” Kirwan said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, and I don’t wonder what he would be today. He had a lot of potential. He had a lot of life in him and he would do good things.”

She’s not planning to give up in her quest for justice.

“I’m still his mom. I still take care of him. I’m still trying to find justice for him,” she said.

She’s asking any of the people leaving the bars that night, also walking along, or who know details about the shooting, to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or submit a tip online here.

The reward in this case is now $30,000 for a simple anonymous call with information on the case. Call-takers do not record whether the tipster is a male or female, do not take down any contact information, and if a reward is due, he or she can also collect it anonymously.


Police Hope Website Helps Bring Justice in Cold Case

March 4, 2011

Kansas City Missouri Police and the family of a man killed in a 2007 Midtown shooting are hoping that a website will help to bring his killers to justice.

Chris Bartholomew was shot on May 20, 2007, near 39th and Broadway when he apparently got caught in the crossfire of a gun battle between rival street gang members while he and some friends were walking to his car. He died the next day.

Batholomew’s mother, Misty Kirwan, is hoping that a new website will help bring justice and closure in the case.

“This time of year is very hard,” said Kirwan. “I didn’t get to see him get married, have kids, I missed all that.”

Since his death nearly four years ago, Kirwan has worked to keep his memory alive. Shortly after the homicide, flyers went up all over 39th and Broadway urging witnesses to come forward. Now, anyone with a computer can help to solve this and other cold-cases and unsolved homicides.

“The website is huge,” said Det. Danny Phillips with the KCPD. He is the cold case detective assigned to Bartholomew’s case, and he says that the case is solvable.

“Being cold doesn’t mean that there’s no idea in the world who’s involved, their just not close enough, and sometimes having time to work those cases you can develop what you need to get it done,” said Phillips, who says that just a few minutes on the website could lead to a recalled memory that could bring justice and closure to a grieving family.

“I know people know something, there are people out there that know what happened that night and know who did it and won’t come forward,” said Kirwan.

Phillips says that he understands Kirwan’s frustration.

“If somebody was with the person they believe was responsible for taking Chris’ life, I wanna hear about it,” said Phillips. “I’m not interested in hurting them, I need their help, I want that person that pulled the trigger.”

For more information on KCPD Cold Cases, click here: http://www.kcpd.org

For more information on the Chris Bartholomew case, click here: http://www.chrisrbartholomew.com