UPDATE: September 28, 2011
Richelle Long says she was held at gunpoint in her driveway in west Wichita by a man who went on a crime spree Tuesday morning.
"It was a revolver with a 9 inch barrel," said Long. "I was terrified." She says it happened when she pulled into her driveway. The man followed her and pointed the gun at her face demanding money. She made a split second decision to run and scream. The man then left. Police arrested 20 year old Darrius Shugart a short time later. They say he started the crime spree by kidnapping a 13 year-old boy at gunpoint when he was walking to school.
UPDATE: September 28, 2011
A Wichita student walking to school was abducted at gunpoint, officials said.
It happened near Elm and Pershing around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said a 13-year-old boy got into a car, after a man pointed a gun at the student.
The boy was dropped off at Robinson Middle School, 328 N. Oliver, a short time later. He was not hurt.
Officials said the suspect then went on a crime spree, including a home robbery, firing shots, and robbing a west Wichita tire business.
He was later arrested after a short foot chase in east Wichita.
Officers booked Darrius Shugart, 20, on aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and weapons violation charges.
According to Kansas Correction records, Shugart has served time for drug convictions and failure to appear.
September 27, 2011
Wichita police are investigating the abduction of a middle school student this morning. The student was not hurt in the incident.
A note sent to parents from Robinson Middle School's principal said the male student was walking to school when he was approached by a 20-year-old man in a car who asked the student to get in. The student got in the car and was driven to the school, located at 328 N. Oliver.
Police said around 9:40 a.m., a suspect matching that description committed a residential robbery in the 3000 block of West Douglas.
Five minutes later a person on their way to work near University & Gordon reported a man also matching that description fired a shot at their car. The car was hit, but the driver was not injured.
A few minutes later, a woman called police after a man tried to rob her in the 600 block of South Edwards. The woman screamed and ran away from the suspect.
At about 11:00 a.m., the suspect walked into a tire store in the 1600 block of South Meridian and said he wanted new tires and rims. Workers complied but when it was time to pay the suspect pulled a weapon, taking the tires, rims and some other items.
At 11:30 a.m, the vehicle was spotted near the intersection of 13th & Oliver. The man bailed out of the car, but was captured after a brief foot chase.
He was booked on multiple charges including Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault and a weapons violation.
Text of the letter sent to Robinson Parents;
Hello parents! This is Amy Champlin, principal at Robinson Middle School. This morning as one of our students was walking to school, he was approached by a stranger in a car who asked the student to get in the car. The student did get in the car and was brought to school by the stranger. The student did the right thing by immediately telling a teacher and school administration what had happened when he arrived at school. We contacted the Wichita Police Department, and an investigation is currently underway. We were notified by WPD this afternoon that a suspect had been taken into custody.
We want your children to be safe!! If your children walk to school, they should walk with a friend or in a group if at all possible. This would be a great time for you to reveiw with your child the rules about "stranger danger" including running away, making noise in order to draw attention to themselves, going to a safe place and telling an adult about what happened. Also, please remind them to NEVER accept rides from anyone they don't know.
Thank you for your continued support of Robinson Middle School!