Overnight Crime Spree Injures One

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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An overnight crime spree in Wichita ends with one person in jail and another in the hospital. It all happened in North Wichita in a matter of about two hours.

A carload of people drove up to a club near 21st and Broadway and started firing off round after round into the parking lot.

"At approximately 2 a.m., two individuals were going into the Noa Club at 2244 N. Market when a vehicle exiting the parking lot opened fire on their vehicle," says Wichita Police Lieutenant Todd Ojile.

One person in that car was hit in the back of the head by glass and shrapnel. Witnesses who saw the incident later told police there were two males inside a black Chevy truck that was seen leaving the parking lot.

Then, about an hour and a half later, shots rang out in the neighborhood near 17th and Emporia. Numerous shots were fired at two homes. One person was inside one of the homes, but six people were inside the house next door.

"All of these victims stated that numerous shots were fired and that they'd seen a black Chevy truck flee the area, said Ojile.

13 minutes later, there was a robbery at the Kwik Shop at 29th and Arkansas. The clerk said the suspects fled in a black Chevy truck, which matches the description in the other crimes.

This is where the criminals luck ran out. A deputy in the area noticed the truck at 21st and Waco, turned around and started chasing it. The driver got out and ran on foot at 19th and Jackson.

"Wichita Police, KHP, and the Sheriff's Department set up a perimeter around the area where they were able to locate a suspect at 1955 N. Waco," said Ojile.

That man is being held on a number of charges, including aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Right now, nobody else is being sought in connection with these crimes. Lieutenant Ojile says a shooting Thursday night at Pelican Point Apartments near 21st and Meridian is not related to these crimes.


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