An armed man who visited several Basehor businesses over the weekend asking people for a phone charger was arrested for alleged drug possession, the police chief said.

An armed man who visited several Basehor businesses over the weekend asking people for a phone charger was arrested for alleged drug possession, the police chief said.

A rifle was visible from a backpack the man carried as he visited the businesses. It is believed the man was impaired, Basehor Police Chief Bob Pierce said.

“It was very strange,” Pierce said.

Police were alerted to the man around 1 p.m. Saturday. Pierce said authorities received several 911 calls.

The man reportedly was going from business to business in a strip mall located on Pinehurst Drive.

Pierce said the man reportedly said his cell phone was dead and asked employees and customers for a phone charger.

Pierce said the man made no overt threats, but people were still concerned.

“He appeared to be clearly impaired or intoxicated somehow,” Pierce said.

Pierce said the man allegedly tried to conceal himself in one of the businesses after officers arrived. The man reportedly tried to go out the back door of the business but went inside after seeing officers.

Pierce said an employee at the business was evacuated, and neighboring businesses also were evacuated.

Police believe the man allegedly tried to flush drugs down a toilet in the business, according to Pierce.

The suspect surrendered after about 40 minutes.

“He just came out and surrendered,” Pierce said.

Pierce said it was discovered the man had more than one firearm. The suspect also is alleged to have been in possession of more than one narcotic including marijuana, prescription drugs and a powder substance.

“I think it was the best possible outcome,” Pierce said.

Pierce said members of the public did a great job during the incident.

“They didn’t panic,” he said.

He said officers from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Tonganoxie Police Department provided assistance during the incident.

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