Update: three arrests after W. Wichita crime spree

Ted Woodward
September 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm

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24 hours after a crime spree in the northwest part of Wichita, police investigators have released a summary of the events:

At about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, the owner of a white 1999 Jeep reported it had been stolen from a location near Murdock & Cleveland in the north part of Wichita. Later, the owner notified 9-1-1 dispatchers that the stolen Jeep was located near 21st & Amidon. At about 10:30 a.m., officers located the stolen Jeep at the McDonald's, where it was just leaving from the drive-thru window. Officers exited their vehicles and surrounded the stolen car, telling its occupants to exit.

Police say the male drive put the Jeep in reverse, then accelerated towards an officer, trying to run him over. The officer fired his handgun three times at the Jeep, which then went around the building and rear-ended a Buick Sentry driven by a 72-year-old woman. She was hospitalized with minor injuries.

The suspects then sped away to the north on Amidon, into a residential neighborhood. The Jeep hit a parked car, a utility pole, and a tree, before crashing in the 3000 block of N. Halstead, west of 29th & Meridian. At that location, a passenger in the Jeep, a 30-year-old woman, was arrested for obstruction, and an outstanding arrest warrant. The other two men in the Jeep ran away.

One of the men, a 30-year-old, ran to a location in the 2400 block of W. Stauffer, not far from Pleasant Valley Middle School. On Stauffer, he threatened an 82-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman at their residence, demanding the keys to their green Honda CRV. After that car-jacking, law enforcement personnel located the suspect driving south-bound on I-235 near Meridian, leading to a pursuit. That chase ended southwest of Wichita near Highway K-42 & 167th Street West, when the CRV became stuck in a shallow pond. The man tried to run away, but was soon arrested. He had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm, and remained in the hospital on Wednesday.

The other male suspect, a 26-year-old, was found a few hours later near 29th & Meridian, with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was hospitalized, and is expected to survive.

Many law enforcement agencies were engaged the pursuit of these suspects, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, police from Haysville and Goddard, and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office.

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