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Monday, July 14, 2014

Suspect in Planeview homicide arrested in Larned

BY STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle

The 22-year-old man wanted by police in connection with a homicide in Planeview last week was arrested in Larned on Tuesday, authorities said.

Benjamin Redgate was spotted at a laundromat Tuesday morning in the central Kansas town by a resident who recognized him from a photograph circulated by Wichita police.

"He has family there" in Larned, Lt. Ken Landwehr said of Redgate.

The resident called 911, and a Larned police officer spotted Redgate walking along a road. Redgate attempted to flee, running across the city's municipal golf course, but he was apprehended after a short chase, Landwehr said.

"They did a good job," Landwehr said of Larned police.

Redgate was transported back to Wichita late Tuesday and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

His older brother, Christopher, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the death last week of 22-year-old Luke German.

Police say German was playing a video football game with the Redgates at their house on Roseberry in Planeview on the evening of Oct. 19 when a fight broke out amid accusations of cheating.

The fight began in the front yard of the house in the 3900 block of Roseberry, Landwehr said, continued back in the house and then returned to the yard.

German collapsed in the yard, and someone from the house called 911 to report a man on the ground. He was not breathing when paramedics arrived, police said.

He was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he died Thursday night. Christopher Redgate was arrested the next day after an autopsy revealed German's death was caused by internal injuries consistent with a severe beating.

Benjamin Redgate used a purple women's mountain bike to flee from the house on Roseberry, and police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Christopher Redgate's bond was set at $250,000, and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 8.

German's death is the 14th homicide in the city so far this year.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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