UPDATE: Antwon Banks charged in the murder of Daniel Flores

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Daniel Flores - Credit: Facebook
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WICHITA, Kan. — The man accused in the death of a radio station employee has been formally charged in Sedgwick County District Court.

Antwon Banks, 31, was in court today, where he was charged in the death of 25-year-old Daniel Flores. Flores was found dead inside the Steckline Communications building, located near Kellogg and Maize Road, around 8 a.m. on February 10.

Banks has been charged with first degree murder in Flores death. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 5 at 9 a.m. Bond for Banks is set at $750,000.

A Crime Stoppers tip lead police to Banks, who was pulled over February 12 at 37th Street N. and Woodlawn. As officers approached, Banks stabbed himself in the abdomen. He was treated at a Wichita hospital for non-life threatening injuries before being transferred to the medical clinic inside of the Sedgwick County Jail over the weekend.

According to police, Banks is an ex-boyfriend of a woman who works at the radio station and that he did not know the victim. According to Lt. Todd Ojile, Flores may have simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time.


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The man arrested in connection to the murder of a radio station employee has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Jail records show that 31-year-old Antwon Banks was booked into the jail clinic Friday afternoon. He had been hospitalized for a self-inflicted stab wound since Wednesday night, when acting on a Crime Stopper's tip, police pulled him over near 37th Street and North Woodlawn.

Banks reportedly stabbed himself as officers approached. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Banks is being held on charges of first degree murder and aggravated burglary. His bond is set at $750,000.

Banks is accused in the death of 25-year-old Daniel J. Flores, an employee of Steckline Communications. Flores body was found inside the radio station building around 8 a.m. Monday, at 1632 South Maize Road.

According to police, Banks is an ex-boyfriend of a woman who works at the radio station and that he did not know the victim. According to Lt. Todd Ojile, Flores may have simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time.


Previous story - Thursday, February 13, 2014:

Police officers have made an arrest in connection to the murder of a Wichita radio station employee earlier this week.

Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, officers stopped a car near 37th and Woodlawn around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday. Police say that after the stop, the driver stabbed himself in the stomach. He's currently under police watch at a Wichita hospital.

He's been identified as 31-year-old Antwon Banks. According to police, Banks is an ex-boyfriend of a woman who works at the radio station and that he did not know the victim, Daniel Flores. According to Lt. Todd Ojile, Flores may have simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ojile said that once Banks is released from the hospital, he will be booked for felony murder. Officers are not looking for additional suspects.


Previous story - Tuesday, February 11, 2014:

Police have identified the man who was murdered at a Wichita radio station.

It happened at a building that houses several radio stations owned by Steckline Communications at 1632 South Maize Road.

Around 8 a.m. Monday, an employee of the Mid America Ag Network arrived and found several items disturbed on the ground floor. Thinking there may have been a burglary, that person began checking other parts of the business. Moments later, a body was discovered in the basement.

Police arrived and determined the man died from blunt force trauma. There were also signs of a struggle.

He's been identified as 25-year-old Daniel J. Flores, a KGSO employee who had been with Steckline Communications for about two years.

According to police, Flores had worked on the radio station's automation system, audio and computers. He worked Sunday, but was scheduled to leave around 9 or 10 p.m. that night. Lt. Todd Ojile said he was usually the last to leave, and that no one works there overnight.

Lt. Ojile said there are several doors that lead into the building, but no signs of forced entry. There are also no security cameras on the premises, so police are unsure how or where the suspect entered. They believe the suspect had gone to the building for a reason, but it's not clear if Flores was the target.

Officers are still processing the scene, but no weapon has been recovered. Police currently have no leads and no arrests have been made.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place today.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 or Wichita Police Homicide at 268-4141.

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