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Topeka police drop Edwards assault claim

Published on -4/5/2013, 2:16 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Topeka police said Friday they have closed the department's investigation into an alleged attack on a Republican lawmaker because there is not enough information.

Rep. Joe Edwards, a Haysville Republican, said he was hit on the head while entering a Topeka hotel room Feb. 13, and then robbed of $260 in cash. He said he went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Edwards, a 58-year-old pastor and evangelist, did not participate in the Kansas House's morning session the next day and skipped afternoon committee meetings.

Topeka Police Major Warren Wilson, who led the investigation, told WIBW (http://bit.ly/16BIJiX) that the case has been closed and will stay closed unless new information becomes available.

Hotel security reported that video footage and electronic key records showed that Edwards entered his room alone that night.

Warren said police viewed the footage, interviewed hotel staff and came to a point where they could not take the investigation any further.

"We've exhausted all leads we have currently in that case, and the case is closed and inactive," Wilson said.

Edwards, a freshman legislator, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

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