Search Continues For Suspects In Northwest Wichita Bank Robbery

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Police say the two suspects in the robber of the Sunflower Bank are still on the run.

The suspects are described as black males in their early 20s. One was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The suspects were reportedly wearing masks and gloves during the robbery.

One of the bank tellers identified a dark blue or purple minivan as the suspects' getaway vehicle and police believe they must have quickly switched vehicles to a red Dodge Magnum after their escape.

A tow truck driver reports having seen a smoking bag thrown from a red Dodge Magnum on West Central.

Police have no photos of the suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Police are searching for two men who held up the Sunflower Bank at 8760 W. 21st Street around 10:15 this morning.

Police said one of the suspects jumped over the counter before hitting a female teller over the head with a gun. She was not seriously injured and wasn't taken to the hospital.

"It was really scary for us, they told us everybody down, everybody down. We were sorta scared for our lives. Luckily nothing happened, they just took the money and they left," said Raquel Guzman Vargas, one of the customers inside the bank during the robbery.

Police are looking for two black males in their early 20s, one was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The suspects were reportedly wearing masks and gloves during the robbery.

Witnesses saw a bank bag thrown from a vehicle on West Central. Police recovered the bag. Police believe the men may have changed vehicles after the robbery. They were first seen in a dark blue van, but the bank bag was thrown from a red Dodge Magnum.

Officers found a car matching the Magnum's description near 31st Street South and West Street. Witnesses saw two men leave the vehicle and run from the area. Police searched the area, but wrapped up their search around 12:30. Cleaveland Traditional Magnet school was locked down until 12:30 p.m.

"We believe we have a suspect vehicle in custody. We believe we have a bag of money in custody. Right now we have not made any arrests," said Captain Rusty Leeds, Wichita Police.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.


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