On the morning of Dec. 14, the FBI stormed a home in Galena, Kansas, searching for Doug Alexius, 40, who was wanted on felony and misdemeanor charges in Missouri.
The raid failed to recover Alexius, who is believed to be a member of the Joplin Honkies gang, but the homeowner, Juanita Lane, says her house was destroyed. Clothes and toys belonging to the six children who live in the home, five of whom are hers, were reportedly scattered in the front yard.
“What was hardest was that they destroyed the Christmas tree. They ripped it out of the window," neighbor Vonda Macklin told The Joplin Globe.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves couldn’t explain why the house was so damaged during the raid, with windows were smashed and a large hole ripped into the home’s siding.
"As for why specific tactics were utilized or items removed, those questions would need to be directed to the teams involved in that action," Groves wrote in an email to The Joplin Globe. "The teams utilized were from the KBI and FBI. The FBI indicated (Dec. 15) that they would be paying for the damages to the home."
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the bureau will pay for the damages, but that items were removed for officer safety. Lane’s friend, Matt Savoy, wrote on an online fundraising page that they won’t pay enough to repair the home. By early on Dec. 21, the fundraiser was $120 short of its $5,000 goal.
Investigators have since admitted they were mistaken about where Alexius’ was at the time of the raid.
"The information we received indicates he was in the residence that morning,” Groves said. "Either that information was inaccurate or he left prior to law enforcement arrival. We have no reason to believe that he left the residence once a perimeter was established."