Wichita Police announce the arrest of a murder suspect

July 30, 2020 - 5:32 am
Wichita Police announce the arrest of a murder suspect

Wichita Police have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Nick Blue at a southeast Wichita business. On Wednesday police arrested 18-year-old Lamontae Donae Lucas at his home on North Zimmerly.

On Sunday night the victim, 40-year-old Nick Blue, was found shot to death at his workplace, the AutoZone near Lincoln and Oliver.  Police say their investigation revealed that Lucas entered the store with the intent to rob it. During that time, they say Lucas shot Blue one time and then fled. Two other employees were in the building but were not witnesses to the shooting. They called 911 when they found Blue’s body.

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On Monday police released a surveillance photo of a possible suspect. Wichita Police Captain Jason Stephens told KSN News that was key to helping them solve the case.

“This case was solved through community response to the photograph that was posted and tips that we received, but also through some very good and diligent police work on behalf of our detectives section,” said Captain Stephens.

Police say there is no indication that Lucas and Blue knew each other. Stephens was asked if this case is linked to three other armed robberies Sunday night. He said they are still looking into that and cannot comment beyond that.

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