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Suspect in Harvey County vehicle thefts out of hospital, in jail

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at 6:20 p.m.

A suspect wounded by a shotgun blast during a rash of vehicle thefts in Harvey County earlier this week has been released from a Wichita hospital and is now in the Sedgwick County Jail, authorities said Friday.

A second suspect in the case remains at large, said Melissa Flavin, a spokeswoman for the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office.

The identity of the suspect in custody has been confirmed as Jack Stanley, 35, of Wichita. His age was previously given as 34.

All charges are being processed through the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, Flavin said. Among the charges being considered are attempted aggravated battery and multiple counts of burglary and attempted burglary.

Stanley has been in and out of the judicial system since 1997 on convictions in Sedgwick County that include burglary, theft, drug possession and a felon in possession of a firearm. He was last released from prison in June 2011.

Stanley was arrested late Wednesday morning after he was found hiding near a creek south of Bentley, in Sedgwick County. Earlier that morning, he and his accomplice had been involved in the thefts of at least two vehicles.

Stanley was hit by shotgun pellets as he trying to steal a pickup loaded with tools at a Harvey County home-based business, Southwest Wheels, authorities said. Stanley was shot by the business’ owner as the suspect backed the pickup out of a shed and then limped away after yelling, “ ‘You hit me! I’m shot!’ ” Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said.

Authorities don’t have a description of the other suspect and Stanley has refused to give one, Flavin said. Law enforcement said he escaped in a white, 2001 Dodge Ram 4x4 quad cab, one of the vehicles stolen from Southwest Wheels.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or at rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com.

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