UPDATE: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Three teenagers who held a prank robbery at a northeast Wichita restaurant could be facing charges.
The teenagers are accused of walking into a Subway restaurant, 3200 N. Rock, earlier this week. Police said the students ordered everyone in the restaurant to get on the floor. One of the students counted everyone in the restaurant, then ran out of the business.
No one was hurt.
The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office said the incident is similar to a dangerous game called "Urban Skittles", that originated in England. The “game” is played by an individual or group of youths that run into a random business and yell for everyone to get down on the floor as if they are going to perpetrate an armed robbery. The “players” then count the number of individuals who “hit the deck.”
The DA's office said Kansas law provides that individuals participating in this conduct may be charged with criminal offenses, up to and including felony charges.
Officials said individuals who believe this to be harmless act are playing a dangerous game that could lead to prosecution of the offenders.
Police said citizens could have used force during the incident if they had felt they were in danger.
An example of urban skittles can be seen
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Wichita police are investigating an aggravated attempted robbery at a northeast Wichita restaurant that may have been a prank
It happened at the Subway restaurant, 3200 N. Rock, around 11 a.m. Monday. Police said two teenagers, 15 and 16-year-old boys, walked into the building with their hands in their pockets, ordering everyone on the floor. Another suspect waited outside the restaurant.
One of the suspects started counting people on the floor, while two other teenagers ran away, police said. The third teenager ran out of the building a short time later. No one was hurt.
Authorities identified one of the suspects as a Heights High School student. Officers contacted the student and questioned him. The boy was not arrested and released to his parents.
Investigators said it appears the teenagers were not trying to commit a robbery, but instead play a prank or a game.
"We do not want to have anybody else think this is in any way, shape or form acceptable,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita police.
Nolte said the suspects could have been confronted, creating a harmful environment.
The case will be turned over the District Attorney’s office for review.