Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ronald McDonald House Warns of a Scam in NE Wichita

October 05, 2018 - 11:30 am

The Ronald McDonald House warns residents of a scam going on in the northeast part of Wichita. 

RMH officials say a man has been approaching people on Rock Road, Webb Road, and the surrounding area, in particular in the parking lots of Dillions, Sam's Club, Whole Foods, restaurants or gas stations, and asking for money. His story is he and his wife and daughter are from out of town, and his daughter is in Wesley Medical Center's Children’s Hospital because she was hurt in a car accident. He then references some recent car accident that people have heard on the news. He explains to the intended victims the Ronald McDonald House is full, so he and his wife have to stay in a hotel. He references different hotels on Webb or 21st Street where they've been staying. He usually asks for around $40.

The man’s description: approximately 6'5", 225 lbs., bald or very short hair, African-American, and is in his early 40s. He drives a silver or tan foor-door 2001 or 2002 Pontiac Bonneville or Buick.  He shows an Oklahoma driver’s license with the name Bruce Smith. He is described as a very fast talker, insistent, confident, and convincing.

There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Wichita, and RMH officials say there is almost always a room available for out-of-town families who are receiving medical care in Wichita. In the rare case there is not a room available, RMH works with the medical provider and social workers to find temporary lodging until a room is available, usually in a day or two.

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