Teenagers Arrested In Violent Home Break-In

By: Cayle Thompson Email
By: Cayle Thompson Email

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Wichita Police detectives have arrested two 17-year-old men in connection with a violent home break-in and robbery over the weekend.

Police are not releasing the names of the teenagers because they are underage, but say formal robbery and assault charges could be filed as early as Tuesday.

The break-in happened Friday night after 8:00 in the 1100 block of W. 16th. Police say the teenagers broke into the home, and used a wooden baseball bat to severely beat Tom Scovel, 54, and his girlfriend, Sandra Seemuth, 55.

A St. Francis Hospital spokesperson was unable to provide an update on the victims' conditions, though police Lt. Ken Landwehr said Scovel suffered very critical, potentially life-threatening injuries. Seemuth reportedly suffered a skull fracture, but was able to call 911 after the attack.

Authorities searched a nearby gas station at 13th and Perry early Saturday morning, where Landwehr said they found additional evidence -- including surveillance video showing a Jeep Grand Cherokee its believed the teens used in the crime. Investigators were able to trace the vehicle and arrest the teens over the weekend.

Seemuth works at the Riverside Cafe on 13th Street, just to the west of North High School where the suspects were students. Seemuth's co-workers are hoping to raise donations to help her and Scovel with their recovery.

Donations can be made to:

Sandra Seemuth & Tom Scovel Fund
Any Bank of the West location

Neighbors near Scovel and Seemuth's home on W. 16th Street also plan to hold a chili-cooking fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 20th.

Investigators say the suspects once went to school with the son of one of the victims, but that the son was not involved in the crime.

Police say the suspects took electronics and money from the home.


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