Stabbing suspect booked for murder, attempted murder, kidnapping

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A second child with stab wounds was found in a field near Valley Center A second child with stab wounds was found in a field near Valley Center
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The latest on the stabbings of a woman and two children, one of whom died, Friday morning (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Wichita police say they now believe a 24-year-old mother and her 6 and 4-year-old daughters were stabbed by 47-year-old Hassan Wright -- the children's great uncle -- around 5 a.m. in near a field north of Valley Center, where police believe they have found a knife used in the attacks. 

Lt. Todd Ojile of the Wichita Police Department said the investigation began at around 7 a.m. when police found the mother and the 6-year-old with stab wounds in a crashed minivan at the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in Wichita.  The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother remains in critical, but stable condition

A short time later police were called to the 8000 block of W. 77th Street North, where employees of a business found the 4-year old girl bleeding in a field. She had also been stabbed, and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She also remains in critical, but stable condition.

The injured mother was able to give a positive identification of 47-year-old Hassan Wright as the suspect. 

An anonymous tip helped a multi-agency search party catch up to Wright at a home in Haysville. He was arrested around 9:28 a.m. near 55th and Broadway. He was booked into the Sedgwick County jail on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

Ojile did say Antonio Ray -- the boyfriend of the woman who was stabbed, the step-father of the little girl who died, and the father of the 4-year old girl who was injured -- was mistakenly identified by the department previously as a person of interest in the case. 

Investigators think that after Hassan Wright stabbed the woman and the girls, he drove the car and left it. The woman got in the car and drove it a short distance, before she crashed.

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4:45 p.m.

Lt. Todd Ojile with the Wichita Police Department says the man accused in the stabbing of a woman and two children is the 24-year-old woman's uncle. 

Hassan Wright, 47, was booked into jail Friday afternoon for first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. 

The 6-year-old girl who was with the woman in the crashed Jeep in the Parklane shopping center died at a local hospital. The woman and a 4-year-old girl who was found stabbed and wandering in a field near Valley Center have undergone surgery and are listed in critical but stable condition. 

3:30 p.m.

The man arrested in connection to the stabbing death of a child and stabbings of a woman and a second child on Friday has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Hassan Wright, 47, was booked at 3:04 p.m. for first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated kidnapping. His is being held without bond. 

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12:40 p.m.

The Wichita Police Department says 27-year-old Antonio Ray is no longer a "person of interest" in Friday morning's stabbings of a woman and two young girls. 

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow sent the information in an email but did not provide additional information. 

Police had been searching for Ray after a woman in her mid-20s and a girl, age 5 to 7, were found with multiple stab wounds near Lincoln and Oliver. That child has died. A second girl was found with multiple stab wounds in a field near 77th Street North and Ridge.

Hassan Wright has been taken into custody in connection to the stabbings. 

11:20 a.m.

The scene where Hassan Wright was taken into custody remained active late Friday morning.

A witness tells KAKE's Chris Frank that a silver sedan was being chased by Wichita officers before stopping near 55th Street South and Broadway

"Three Wichita police officers were in pursuit. They felony-stopped him, guns drawn," the witness said. "They told him to get on the ground. He complied. That's when they turned their attention to the driver of the vehicle. She was a female. They drug her out onto the pavement."

He said officers took her into custody, and she left in an ambulance. 

"The police officers did their job well."

Hassan was sought in connection to the stabbing death of a child and stabbings of a woman and a second child who are in critical condition. He has served time in prison for second-degree murder and is a registered sex offender relating to an aggravated battery case of which he was convicted in 2006. 

10:30 a.m.

Wichita police announced that they are searching for a second person of interest in Friday morning's stabbings. 

Officers are searching for 27-year-old Antonio Ray. He stands 5-foot-5 and weighs 140 pounds.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Ray is considered armed and dangerous. 

A woman in her mid-20s and a girl, age 5 to 7, were found with multiple stab wounds in a vehicle in a parking lot near Lincoln and Oliver. That child has died. At around 9 a.m., a second girl, was found with multiple stab wounds in a field near 77th Street North and Ridge, which is near Valley Center. 

Anyone with information on the stabbings or the suspects is asked to call 911. 

Sgt. Woodrow did not have details on the relationships between the suspects and the victims. 

The child's death marks Wichita's 24th homicide of 2016. 

9:50 a.m.

The Wichita Police Department said in a Facebook post that Hassan Wright has been taken into custody. 

After photos of Wright were shared on social media, a citizen called 911 saying Wright was in the area of 55th Street South and Broadway. Officers arrived and took Wright into custody. 

9:25 a.m.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show the man sought in connection to the stabbing of a woman and two children has served time in prison for murder.

Hassan Wright, 47, was sentenced in 1989 for second-degree murder and aggravated battery in Wyandotte County. He later served time for burglary and aggravated battery in Sedgwick County in 2005.  He was paroled in Sedgwick County in March of this year. 

Records show Wright lives at an address in Haysville. 

A woman in her mid-20s and a girl, age 5 to 7, were found with multiple stab wounds in a vehicle in a parking lot near Lincoln and Oliver. That child has died. At around 9 a.m., a second girl, was found with multiple stab wounds in a field near 77th Street North and Ridge, which is near Valley Center. 

9:15 a.m.

Wichita police are searching for 47-year-old Hassan Wright in connection to Friday morning's stabbings that left a child dead, and another child and woman in the hospital.

Wright stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 180 pounds.

A second girl, age 4 to 6, with stab wounds was found in a field near 77th Street North and Ridge at around 9 a.m. She is believed to be the sister of the girl who died. 

9 a.m.

A Wichita police official says a child has died and a woman is in critical condition after they were stabbed multiple times. 

Officers were called at around 6:40 a.m. Friday to an injury accident in a parking lot at the Parklane shopping center near Lincoln and Oliver. They arrived on scene to find a woman in her mid 20s and a girl, age 5 to 7, with multiple stab wounds. They were in a red Jeep that had crashed into a parked minivan in the parking lot. 

“An employee at one the businesses found that a red Jeep had crashed into a van that was parked overnight," Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says.  

The girl died at a local hospital. The woman was last listed in critical condition and was undergoing surgery.

Woodrow said police have no suspect information. 

"Right now we're trying to find any kind of family and witnesses," Sgt. Woodrow said. "We're also trying to find out who the individuals are."

KAKE News has crews at the scene gathering details. Check back for updates. 

The child's death marks Wichita's 24th homicide of 2016. 

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