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Two men arrested in connection with convenience store robbery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at 3:10 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at 6:43 a.m.

KC Gas & Groceries remained closed Friday after a Thanksgiving-night robbery ended with a store clerk fatally shooting a 16-year-old during an alleged robbery.

Wichita police Sgt. Jeff Davis said Friday that the teenager died at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. Police arrested two 19-year-old men on suspicion of aggravated robbery in the case.

Records show police arrested them in the 600 block of North Topeka, which is near the convenience store at 1161 N. Broadway, and booked them into the Sedgwick County Jail about 5 a.m. Friday. They remained in jail Friday afternoon in lieu of $250,000 bond.

The robbery was the second at the convenience store in a week. In the earlier case, the store’s clerk had just closed up for the night when he was approached by two armed men. One pointed a gun at his chest and ordered him back into the store, where they cleaned out the cash registers.

Crime in the area is a concern for some business owners there.

“We definitely worry,” said Ha Nguyen, whose father- and mother-in-law own Saigon, a restaurant just south of the gas station. “Two robberies — that’s scary.”

Nguyen said her in-laws plan to park their vehicles close to the door at night so that when they leave, they don’t have far to walk. Her father-in-law also arms himself with a concealed-carry gun, she said.

The restaurant was closed Thursday when the shooting up the block occurred, but the family heard about it Friday from customers. The family has owned Saigon for more than 20 years.

“We know this is a bad area, but it’s (getting worse),” Nguyen said.

The restaurant’s front door has been broken, and a worker in the kitchen once had someone get in his car demanding that he take him somewhere.

Davis said more information about the robbery and shooting would be available Monday.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com.

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