Suspect in Best Buy robbery crashes during chase, Wichita police say

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have identified a suspect who allegedly robbed a Best Buy and crashed during a pursuit. 

Rodrecus Tobble was booked early Tuesday morning for aggravated robbery, flee and elude, battery of a law enforcement officer and six counts of aggravated battery. 

Officers responded shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday to an armed robbery at the Best Buy at 21st Street North and Rock Road. Police spokesperson Charley Davidson said Tobble allegedly showed a knife and demanded property from the store. He then fled in a red 2006 Chevy HHR. 

Police spotted Tobble's vehicle near 13th and Hillside and stopped it. Davidson said Tobble refused to exit the vehicle and then fled. 

A pursuit ensued to Pawnee and Hydraulic where Tobble's vehicle collided with a pickup. There were two adults and four children in the pickup, but none of them were seriously hurt. 

Davidson said the electronics from Best Buy were recovered. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Tobble was convicted of aggravated assault in 2009. 


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A police chase that started in east Wichita has ended after the suspect wrecked into another vehicle in south Wichita. 

The incident happened at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Wichita police say they responded to an armed robbery call at the Best Buy near 21st Street and Rock Road where a suspect had allegedly robbed the store at knife point. The caller continued to follow the suspect's vehicle with their own vehicle and provided dispatch with updates. 

The suspect was eventually pulled over near 13th and Hillside where authorities attempted a traffic stop. While officers were waiting for a K-9 unit the suspect sped off, leading police on a chase that ended near Pawnee and Hydraulic.

The suspect struck a black pickup truck in the intersection which had two adults and four children riding inside. Only minor injuries were reported and the suspect was taken into custody. Investigators currently believe that the children were not properly restrained which may have contributed to their injuries. 

Police say the suspect had approximately $4,000 in stolen items. No other information has been given at this time. 

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