Friday, April 27, 2012
An east Wichita neighborhood was put on lockdown Friday afternoon while officers searched for a man they believed to be a bank robbery suspect. Officials say just after 2 p.m., officers tried to pull over a green sport utility vehicle near Interstate 135 and Lincoln Street that matched the description of the vehicle used in a bank robbery earlier this month.
Investigators say the man refused to pull over and drove east on Lincoln Street. He stopped the SUV at Lincoln Street and Lorraine Avenue, got out and ran into the neighborhood. Officers lost sight of the man and blocked off a portion of the neighborhood to search for him.
Investigators say an officer spotted the man going into a house in the 800 block of South Chautauqua Street. He was arrested inside the house without incident.
Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation say the suspect matches the description of the man who robbed the Bank of America at 7310 W. 21st St. N. on April 18.
A woman who was riding in the SUV with the suspect stayed in the vehicle after he ran away. She has been taken into police custody for questioning.
The suspect's name has not been released. No charges have been filed at this time.