Felon arrested after confronting women in NE Wichita

Ted Woodward
October 09, 2019 - 1:34 pm

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Police have arrested 33-year-old Randy Sturgis, after an attempted carjacking in the northeast part of Wichita.

Before 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, a 19-year-old woman and an 18-year-old stopped to gas up their car at 37th & Rock Road. They say the felon approached them, telling them he'd escaped from federal prison, and wanted a ride; they refused. They say he became agitated, said he had a knife, then grabbed them, trying to get them into the car.

The women broke loose, and ran into the Quik Trip to call for police.

The suspect, a convicted felon, tried to drive away in their car, was unable to do so, then he stole one of their cell phones and ran away.

Police soon caught him; he was booked into jail on two counts of kidnapping, burglary, theft, and resisting arrest.

It turns out Sturgis had walked away from Mirrors Residential Re-entry Center near 37th & Webb Road. This is the second recent case in which a man involved with this facility has been arrested for a crime against women in the northeast part of town. The other case happened two weeks ago when a man exited the facility, then randomly stabbed a woman in broad daylight west of 17th & Rock.


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