WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A man accused of robbing a west Wichita bank on Wednesday has been arrested following a pursuit in southwest Kansas. 

Wichita Police Department spokesperson Andrew Ford said Thursday morning that the suspect was arrested in Meade County.

The Meade County Sheriff's Office said it received information Wednesday afternoon that the suspect could possibly be traveling on U.S. 54. Just after 2:30 p.m., a deputy spotted the suspect vehicle heading west near the town of Meade. 

"Deputies attempted a traffic stop from which the suspect fled in their vehicle and was subsequently ended within the city limits of Meade, KS," the sheriff's office said in a release."

The suspect, 67-year-old Craig Henderson, was taken into custody without incident. He's in the Meade County Jail facing local charges of felony flee and elude and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Surveillance photo of bank robbery (Wichita Police Department) and Meade County mugshot of suspect Craig Henderson (Meade County Sheriff's Office)

Henderson is suspected of robbing the Wells Fargo at West Street and Taft in Wichita at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. 


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Police are still on the hunt for a man accused of robbing a bank Wednesday morning in west Wichita.

"He threatened to shoot the teller and shoot up the building. No weapon actually seen," said a Wichita dispatch operator.

These were the words from dispatch as they got word of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo on West St and Taft. Police immediately raced to the scene, and one officer just happened to be a block away.

"422, which bank is that? I'm at Maple and West currently," the officer said over the radio.

Police say a man walked into the bank around 11:30 a.m., announced the robbery, and demanded cash. Investigators say workers handed the robber an unknown amount of money, and he ran away.

Even though police had the place surrounded within a matter of minutes, the suspect was nowhere to be found, so they quickly set up a perimeter.

"422, I will concentrate on the Towne West parking lot over on the Maple side," another officer said over the radio.

There are no reports of any injuries from the crime. While police didn't find the suspect as day turned into night, Andrew Ford with the Wichita Police Department says the good news is that the bank's cameras caught him clear as day.

"The suspect is a white male believed to be between the ages of 50 and 60 years old. He has long gray hair, black and white beard. He was wearing black sunglasses at the time and also a bleed blue jean jacket," Ford said.

The FBI is now leading the investigation. If you recognize the man or know anything about the case, you can call police or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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