6 suspects sought in attempted gas station robbery

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WICHITA, Kan. - UPDATE -- 1/20/14 11:40 A.M.

The Valero gas station at McCormick and Meridian has been hit hard recently.

Last weekend, it was robbed and this Sunday, police say there was an attempted robbery. It was reported around 9:30 p.m., when police say a worker was taking out the trash. The worker was confronted outside by two people -- one of whom was armed with a shotgun. The worker ran into the store and hid in a bathroom.

The suspects were joined by others -- 6 of them total -- who followed him in the store. A suspect in a red hoodie was pointing the shotgun toward the back of the store. One other person appeared to be armed. Yet, less than 15 seconds later, they rushed outside and fled the scene. Police say nothing was stolen and no people were hurt.

"You want to make an effort to make it stop," said Ken Erxleben, co-owner of Midwest Gillette Transmissions, located across the street from Valero. "Now with this issue across the street, it's a little bit more scary when you got somebody holding a weapon."

Erxleben has owned his shop next door for seven years. He said recently, the neighborhood has seen an increase in crime. He and the owner of Valero have increased security to prevent future crimes from happening again.

"We have cameras on all sides of our building and its well-lite," Erxleben said. "We've had some small issues with vandalism and probably, you know, related to younger kids. Seems to be like the Home Shopping Network for crooks looking to rob a convenient store."

Police describe the suspects as black males. Based on the video, they appear to be between 5 and 5.5 feet tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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Police are after six suspects for an attempt to hold up a west Wichita gas station Sunday night.

Sgt. Kurt Peckenschneider told KAKE News an employee of the Valero on Meridian near Kellogg was stopped by two men around 9:30 p.m., after taking out the trash. They stood at the front door, with one reportedly holding a shotgun. But the employee ran inside the store and hid in a restroom.

Peckenschneider said a group of six suspects then walked inside the store. But for some reason, they apparently had second thoughts and ran away. Nothing was stolen, and no one was hurt.

Police said they've reviewed security video of the suspects, and have good descriptions to use. All the suspects are described as African-American males, several of them wearing hoodies and at least one carrying a pink backpack.

No arrests were announced Sunday night. But a store employee believes the voice of one suspect matches someone who held up the same Valero station on January 11.


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