UPDATE: Residents concerned about rape near Wichita's Eastview Park

By: Mike Iuen, Bryan Ramsdale Email
By: Mike Iuen, Bryan Ramsdale Email
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WICHITA, Kan. — A community meeting was held Wednesday evening for residents and users of Eastview Park. Many were concerned and wanted to know more information after a woman was attacked in the middle of the afternoon and raped.

There were about 50 people in attendance at the meeting, as well as a few police officers and two investigators. The meeting was held outside of Coleman Middle School

The officials addressed the concerns the crowd had. Kathy Montgomery lives in a nearby neighborhood and uses Eastview Park. "The community got to ask questions about what they [police] were finding out," she said, "if they had found perpetrators or it this was a trend or an isolated incident."

Many people felt that the police department did a good job of informing the crowd. The meeting also allowed police to ask questions and try to gather more information.

Information about the incident at Eastview Park can be shared with the Wichita Police Department's Investigation unit at (316)-268-4407 or Crime-Stoppers at (316)-267-2111.

Original Story

Residents of a northeast Wichita neighborhood are concerned about reports of a recent sexual assault in the area.

A community briefing by Wichita Police is scheduled for tonight for residents in the area around Coleman Middle School west of 13th and Rock Road. The briefing was proposed after area residents began asking for more information on the sexual assault of a woman on a jogging path in the area south of the school near Eastview Park.

It was last Friday about 3 pm when a female jogger was approached from behind by a man on a bicycle and knocked to the ground. Police said the man raped the woman at knife-point. At some point the woman broke free and ran for help. When police responded they found some of the victim's clothes, the attacker's knife and his bicycle.

Residents are concerned and taking precautions.

"Lock your door, don't leave your windows open and that type of thing," said one resident who did not want to be identified. "Leave your garage door shut and if there's anyone that's suspicious in the neighborhood, you know, call 911."

Police are also urging residents not to jog alone even in the daytime, since the attack happened in the middle of the afternoon. So far there is no suspect description and no arrest has been made. But police said they have been diligently working the case since it was reported.

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