UPDATE: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for four armed robberies over a two-day period earlier this week in south Wichita.
David L. White, 25, has been booked on four counts of aggravated robbery. He faces an additional charge for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The robberies occurred Monday and Tuesday. Police say the robberies were reported at 835 W. 26th, 2510 E. Lincoln, 3409 S. Leonine, and 1920 W. May.
"Anytime we see a rapid succession of robberies, it's a concern because we don't want the situation to be elevated," Lt. Doug Nolte said. "So to get him into custody is a good thing to get someone off the street."
Police say as of now, White has not been charged with the death of 73-year-old Byron Shipman. Shipman, one of the armed robbery victims, died from a medical condition a few hours after being robbed at gunpoint.
Investigators plan to meet with the District Attorney later this week to sort out formal charges.
Police say they are still investigating and looking into the possibility there are other suspects.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The elderly man who was robbed at gunpoint last night died hours later from a medical condition.
According to family members, 73-year-old Byron Shipman died not long after being robbed around 8:40 p.m. last night.
Police are trying to determine if there is a correlation between the crime and the medical condition that followed.
Check back for updates.
Wichita Police are looking for a man they believed robbed people in three separate locations around Wichita beginning last night.
The first case was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday. A 73-year-old man was leaving an apartment parking lot in the 800 block of W. 26th Street South when another man approached. The suspect pointed a handgun at the elderly man's face and demanded his wallet. The suspect took his wallet and got into a dark-colored car with a loud exhaust.
Around 10 p.m., a 43-year-old man was getting out of his van in front of a home in the 3400 block of South Leonine when a man approached and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. The suspect took the man's wallet and mobile phone before getting into a car described by the victim as a 1980's dark four-door car with a loud exhaust.
Then at about 3:20 this morning, a 33-year-old woman and 53-year-old man reported they were robbed at gunpoint outside a home in the 1900 block of West May. The suspect took money and keys, then got into the victims' vehicle and rummaged through it. He then left in a dark silver four-door car.
In each case the suspect was described as a white man wearing a black ski mask, about five-feet seven to five-feet nine inches tall. In one of the cases, the victim reported he had short gray hair. One of the other victims said a woman was driving the suspect's car.
Police believe each case is related and are concerned that the suspect's crimes could escalate.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.