Brazen Robbery Lands Repeat Offender Behind Bars

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A man with a criminal past is back behind bars after a brazen robbery in West Wichita.

A man called police to report a robbery in the Dillions parking lot at Central and West streets just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 24-year-old man told police he was sitting in his car, when a man opened the passenger door, flashed a knife and demanded money.

"This is something that doesn't normally happen," said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department. "It is a good reminder for people to be aware of their surroundings."

Police said the suspect then got into the car and forced the man to drive to a nearby ATM to withdraw a small amount of cash.

The driver was told to return to the Dillons parking lot, where the suspect ran away.

"The suspect got into an old Ford Crown Victoria and drove away," Nolte said. "The victim was able to give a description of the suspect and the vehicle to police."

Officers later found a vehicle making the description near Murdock and Broadway. Authorities arrested a man and a woman after stopping the vehicle.

Jail records indicate Kelly Anderson, 45, and Torri Bridges, 45, were booked on aggravated robbery and drug-related charges.

Anderson was released on parole June 3, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was listed as absconded by his parole officer Friday.

Anderson has served time for forgery, theft, illegal drug possession, and auto theft, charges that date back to 1997.

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