UPDATE: Thursday, February 14, 2013
One man is in custody after a wild hit-and-run crime spree in east Wichita Thursday.
A call came into police around Noon of a bank robbery at Commerce Bank near 21st and Webb. But when police arrived, they instead found the aftermath of the hit-and-run.
Police say the strange sequence events began when two suspects in a brown Cadillac slammed into the back of a car stopped at a light.
The person they hit was Alan Martin who was on a quick break to pick up lunch for his office.
"I saw them in the rear view mirror about to hit me, so I just braced," Martin said. "They never slowed down. They smashed into the back of the car."
He says in the car were two young men who do not stop to exchange insurance information.
"They put the car in reverse and peeled out so that they could unhook from my car," Martin said.
Police say that's when they headed the wrong way into the Commerce Bank.
"They came into the one-way of the bank, strewing pieces of their vehicle," Martin said. "They went through the teller window backwards and almost hit the armored car driver."
As the armored car driver jotted down their license plate number, Martin says two other witnesses jumped in their car and followed the suspects to a new upscale housing division at Greenwich and Oak.
"They ditched the car in there," Martin said. "The people that had followed them saw them running through the subdivision."
Police swarmed the area with cars and a helicopter. They received a half-dozen or more tips from the public which led them to a shopping area on Greenwich.
"We started checking the video at Target," Sgt. Bruce Watts said.
After reviewing the surveillance video and receiving a few more tips, police began searching the Cabela's store in the shopping area.
Police found the driver inside the store. They say he was pretending to be a shopper. Police say he has several outstanding warrants.
"We couldn't have done it without the citizens getting involved and giving us tips," Sgt. Watts said.
The search did not turn up the second suspect.
Police later determined the second suspect, the passenger, went back to his job after the incident. His supervisor had seen the news reports and realized police were looking for him. The supervisor convinced the young man to turn himself in.
Police say after interviewing the young man, they've decided not to arrest him or charge him in the crime at this time.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wichita Police are seeking for a suspect and a motive in a series of hit and run accidents. The accidents were reported along 21st Street near Webb Road early this afternoon.
Police were looking for two suspects. Calls from citizens led officers to one of the suspects inside the Cabela's Store on Greenwich Road. Officers said the suspect was inside the store, pretending to shop.
The second suspect is believed to be on foot.