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Friday, July 11, 2014

Man stabbed to death after he tries to be Good Samaritan, police say

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

Bradley J. Wellbrock saw a man and woman arguing as he walked down the street with a buddy early on the first morning of 2012.

He tried to be a Good Samaritan by stepping in and asking the man to ease off, police say.

It was a gesture that cost him his life.

The man turned his verbal wrath on Wellbrock, 30, and more than a half-dozen of the man’s friends walked down to where the dispute was escalating in the 2500 block of West Wildwood, just west of Meridian and north of 31st Street South, at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, Lt. Randy Reynolds said.

A fight broke out between Wellbrock, his buddy and a group of 8 to 10 acquaintances of the man Wellbrock confronted, Reynolds said.

At some point in the dispute, the brother of Wellbrock’s buddy came to their aid. Wellbrock was stabbed once in the chest with a knife and collapsed in a yard on Wildwood.

“We know he got kicked, we know he got punched, we know he got stabbed,” said Capt. Brent Allred, who heads the Crimes Against Persons Bureau.

But investigators are not clear when during the melee Wellbrock was stabbed, he said.

Wellbrock, known as B.J. to his friends, was pronounced dead more than an hour later at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Reynolds said.

Police interviewed numerous witnesses, he said, and over the course of the investigation identified a suspect in the stabbing. Christopher Cervantes, 21, was arrested late Sunday afternoon in his home near MacArthur and Seneca. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.

No other arrests are anticipated in connection with Wellbrock’s death, Reynolds said.

Investigators would like to talk to more witnesses to the incident, Reynolds said. They should call 316-268-4181 and ask for a detective.

Contact Stan Finger at 316-268-6437.

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