Crime Stoppers: West Wichita convenience store remains boarded up months after fire
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A once busy gas station in west Wichita is still boarded up months after it burned. Wichita police say someone intentionally set the fire, and now they want him caught. The exclusive security video shows the arsonist and the flames.
Security video shows exactly what happened around 3:00 a.m. on April 11. It shows a man, police have identified as 40-year-old Hector Aguirre, walking into the storage room. You can see him start a fire on a shelf. Then you see the flames quickly spread until the camera goes dead.
Wichita police say there was a clerk and a customer inside at the time.
"The clerk actually heard some noise in the back and went back there and found the fire," said Kris Gupilan. "He let the customer know and they got out safely."
Police are now looking for Aguirre. He's wanted for aggravated arson along with other crimes. He has a star and horns tattooed on his forehead.
"Clearly this person shows no regard for human life, said Gupilan. "We're hoping we can get this guy off the streets. I know WPD is actively looking for him."
Customers who often exit nearby Kellogg to fill up, are frustrated because the gas station is now closed, and want the suspect behind bars.
"It's pretty scary that someone would break in and set everything on fire," said Stacey Stanton.
"If he did it once, I'm guaranteeing he'll do it again," said Manuel Miranda.
If you have any information on this case or know where Hector Aguirre might be, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.
Kwik Shop says it doesn't have a date for the business to reopen.