He followed one woman from an Overland Park grocery store. As she was leaving the store, Kaplan was walking in, made eye contact with her, turned and went back to his car. She thought that odd and, within moments realized she was being followed.
Smart enough to not drive down the street to her home, she intentionally turned down a cul-de-sac to determine if her suspicion was correct. When doing the requisite U-turn at the end of the street it gave her not only confirmation she was being followed but also his alleged intention as she could see he was wearing a ski mask while driving a late model BMW.
This might be considered normal behavior in Raytown, not so much in Joco.
The woman called police and they stayed on the line with her asking that she drive by the police station where officers were waiting in their cars. Kaplan was stopped, arrested and they found condoms, lube, rope and gloves in his back seat. I dunno, but think that’s what they sometimes call probable cause.
I wrote a couple of stories on the topic and promised to stay on the case.
I have gotten several comments lately – mostly negative – asking when I would follow up on the Kaplan story. I can’t count the emails I’ve gotten from people who live in Kaplan’s neighborhood providing information and coworkers of victims as well. Even one from a third alleged victim. All of them asking me to please not drop this story.
I should have written something sooner but was prompted to do so today after yet another email request.
First, let me assure you that I’ve been on the story and haven’t forgotten it. However, to date it’s been like watching paint dry.
There are two cases, one with multiple charges from the first incident; Reckless Stalking, Misdemeanor Possession and Drug Paraphernalia. The second case is for one count of Reckless Stalking.
Mr. Kaplan was arraigned on the first charges May 29th. A few days later, rumors surfaced about a second potential victim. She talked to police, told her story and on June 11th, young Kaplan was arraigned a second time for the girl behind door number two on a single count of Reckless Stalking.
Since that date, there have been a total of six hearing dates for the two cases. Two hearings each for the initial arraignment, two for “No Go Trial” hearings and two for Scheduling Conferences. Your Scribe has been there for 2 of them and will continue to be going forward.
On August 22nd and 23rd, Kaplan is slated to appear for two more Scheduling Conferences, two different days, two different female Judges.
Scheduling hearings last seconds and achieve nothing but kicking the can down the road.
The real meat and potatoes of the case will be coming up in 30-90 days when an actual trial date is set.
So rest assured, I’ve been there and I will continue to be there, because I think this is going to get really interesting before it’s done.
Meanwhile Kaplan is under house arrest.
Just wanted you to let you know, I’m still on the case, so stay tuned.