Sep 15, 2020 1:02 PM

Kan. man charged for standoff at Arrowhead Stadium

Posted Sep 15, 2020 1:02 PM
Newton photo Jackson County
Newton photo Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY —A man faces felony charges after he attempted to shoot at a KC Royals employee at the stadium complex, causing a lock down of the stadium Saturday, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Joshua D. Newton, 33, Kansas City, Kansas, faces Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Armed Criminal Action and Making a Terrorist Threat 1st Degree, according to court records.

Just after 11a.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to 1 Arrowhead Drive on a disturbance with a weapon. The victim, who works as a groundskeeper for the Kansas City Royals, told police he was disposing of grass clippings when he saw a man later identified as Newton walking through the parking lot.

Newton turned toward the victim, about 100 feet away, and pulled out two handguns. He fired shots at the victim as the victim ran away, 

Police on the scene of the weekend standoff -photo courtesy KCTV
Police on the scene of the weekend standoff -photo courtesy KCTV

Video of the incident showed the Newton walking around the stadium and holding what appears to be a gun and raising it. Social media associated with the defendant displayed threatening language related to his going to Arrowhead that day. When police took the defendant into custody, loaded handguns were found. He acknowledged pointing a gun at someone. Due to the defendant’s actions, the stadium was locked down for security reasons which also delayed the start of the Royals baseball game.

Newton is being jailed on a $40,000 bond.