Sunday, December 13, 2020
Released by Sgt. Adan Nance
On Friday, December 11, 2020, at approximately 9:24 p.m., officers with the Pittsburg Police Department were dispatched to Pete’s, located at 1711 N. Broadway in Pittsburg, for an armed robbery that had just occurred. It was reported to officers that a white male wearing a face covering, a hooded sweatshirt, and a black jacket entered the convenience store, displayed a knife to the clerk on duty, and demanded cash. The suspect reportedly fled the area southbound on a bicycle with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Officers responding to the location thoroughly checked the surrounding area, but no suspect was located. No one was harmed during the incident. Detectives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation and a suspect was quickly developed. Shortly after midnight on December 12, 2020, the suspect, 46-year-old William T. Haddan of Pittsburg, was taken into custody without incident.
Further investigation by police led to a search warrant being executed at Haddan’s residence in Pittsburg. Items located and seized during the execution of this warrant connected Haddan to the armed robbery at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) on November 21, 2020; as well as, to the Snak-Atak armed robbery on December 4, 2020. Additional evidence seized during the search of Haddan’s residence suggests Haddan’s involvement in similar crimes, which have recently occurred in nearby cities. The law enforcement agencies investigating those incidents have been notified of Haddan’s likely connection to these crimes.
As a result of our local investigation, Haddan was booked into the Crawford County Jail on three counts of aggravated robbery, related to all three robbery incidents. He is currently being held without bond.
The Pittsburg Police Department would like to thank the public for tips and information provided to the department reference this case, as well as, other cases that impact our community.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at our tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.