Man arrested for carjacking attempt at northeast Wichita QuikTripPosted: Updated:
Wichita police say they've arrested a 33-year-old man who walked away from a federal halfway house and tried to carjack two people at a local QuikTrip.
Randy Sturgis was booked early Wednesday morning for two counts of kidnapping, burglary, theft and resisting arrest.
Officers responded just before 1 a.m. to the report of a carjacking at the QuikTrip at 37th Street North and Rock Road. Police spokesperson Charley Davidson said two women, ages 18 and 19, told officers they were getting gas when Sturgis approached, said he'd just escaped from federal prison and wanted a ride.
The women refused and reported that's when Sturgis became agitated, said he had a knife and tried to force them into their vehicle. They were able to get away and went inside the QuikTrip to call police.
Meanwhile, Sturgis attempted to take the vehicle but took a cellphone from the car and ran off, Officer Davidson said. Police located him and took him into custody after a brief foot pursuit.
The investigation revealed that Sturgis walked away from a federal halfway house in the 3800 block of North Toben, near 39th and Webb, shortly before the incident.
The U.S. attorney's office says Sturgis was sentenced in April of 2017 to 46 months after pleading guilty to a federal charge of unlawful possession of a firearm with the serial number removed. He was on state parole at the time.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Sturgis has prior convictions of theft, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal threat.