UPDATE: Suspect arrested for Wichita-area Subway robberies

By: KAKE News - Email
By: KAKE News - Email

WICHITA, Kan.-- A suspect is in custody for a series of recent Subway restaurant robberies.

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy stopped a white minivan in the 5800 block of West Kellogg for a traffic violation.

Deputies soon determined that the van and one of the men inside matched the description from three recent Subway robberies.

Richard A. Alumbaugh, 26, of Wichita was arrested and booked for three counts of aggravated robbery, and other counts including criminal use of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies also arrested 34-year-old Larry H. Powell of Wichita for aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm.

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Wichita Police are investigating four separate robberies at Subway locations in one week.

The latest happened Monday just after 3:30 p.m. at the Subway near Pawnee and Seneca. The suspect is described as a 25-year-old white male, light complexion with freckles, thin build, wearing black beanie, black jacket, blue jeans and a yellow shirt. It is unknown if he had a weapon. Witnesses say he left in a white Chrysler minivan.

On Sunday morning, a man walked in and demanded money at the Subway near Central and Maize Road. Police said the suspect was a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with a shaved head. The clerk did not see a weapon on the suspect.

On Wednesday just before 10 p.m., a man walked into the Subway near 47th Street South and Broadway. Police said that man waited in the bathroom until other customers left and then approached the clerk and indicated he had a gun. The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s with blue eyes, wearing a blue jacket and a KC Chiefs cap.

In those cases, the suspect also fled in a white van and police believe the crimes are connected.

An additional robbery occurred last Thursday at the 21st Street and Maize Road location. A 16-year-old boy was arrested for aggravated robbery after he allegedly came inside the restaurant with a gun and robbed a customer and the clerk.

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