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Standoff suspect's legal troubles began in 2007

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 12, 2013, at 9:38 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.

A former high school friend remembers Jared Woosypiti as not having an “angry bone in his body.”

Sedgwick County court records tell a different story, including that he “drop kicked” his grandmother as part of allegations in January 2011 that resulted in his being sent to prison for six months on a probation revocation in a drug conviction.

Those records also show numerous protection orders requested by at least two former girlfriends.

Woosypiti, 24, was set for trial Monday in District Court on an aggravated battery charge. Court filings allege he beat up a former girlfriend and broke one of her ribs at a room in the Top Hat Motel on West Kellogg.

On July 4, he repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend, a Derby police report alleges. He fled that scene – the same Derby address where he kicked his grandmother – and had been sought by police ever since.

Law enforcement officers found him this week, barricaded in an apartment at the Southlake Village, 4141 S. Seneca, shortly after he allegedly fired shots in an attempted robbery at a Kmart.

A 32-hour standoff ended when he was killed by police gunfire shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a Wichita police report.

Woosypiti’s family included noted members of Wichita’s American Indian community.

His great-uncle, Truman Ware, 75, is a former board member for the Mid-America All-Indian Center. He designed the Sedgwick County seal and retired more than a decade ago after spending 29 years in the city’s public works department.

About 9 p.m. Thursday, Ware desperately tried to reach his nephew in an apparent attempt to plead for him to give himself up. But Ware was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the legal process after he ran through the apartment complex grounds and got inside an area police had taped off, a Wichita police report said.

Court records also show that when Woosypiti was 11, his father, John Woosypiti – known as John John – was brought to court for failure to pay child support.

Family members that could be reached by The Eagle declined to talk about Woosypiti. Representatives for Woodbridge Home Exteriors, his most recent employer and whose van he was driving when he left the July 4 stabbing scene, declined to comment.

High-school friend

Christie Gregg and Woosypiti went to high school together in Wichita at Metro Boulevard, an alternative school.

Gregg said she was one of Woosypiti’s best friends in high school.

“There was no angry bone in his body in high school,” Gregg said at Southlake Village, where she lives in Building 3 – one of the buildings not damaged during the standoff. “He was like the comedian.”

In a 2009 court filing, Woosypiti stated that he went to school through the 10th grade and obtained his GED.

Gregg said she didn’t know Woosypiti very well after high school, except for when she would see him around town occasionally. She last spoke with him in 2010.

“He was always real clean cut,” Gregg said.

She added she didn’t know too much about his family.

Gregg said law enforcement officials kept residents updated during the standoff. She said they told her that Woosypiti said “several times ‘I’m not coming out alive.’ They really wanted it to end differently.”

Court records show Woosypiti’s legal troubles began in May 2007, when he was charged with possession of cocaine. His record was clean prior to that point.

He was given diversion on that charge, but it was revoked in March 2009 after he tested positive for marijuana multiple times. He pleaded guilty two months later to possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Again, Woosypiti appeared to catch a break when he was given probation. But he was cited for breaking probation in April 2010 after he failed to get a job and report to his probation officer.

A warrant issued for his arrest in January 2011 said his grandmother told authorities that she removed beer bottles and a bottle of liquor from Woosypiti’s bedroom at her house in the 700 block of South Woodlawn in Derby.

On the same day, the grandmother told authorities that he had “drop kicked her in the breast” and threatened to “shoot her in the head with his Glock and burn the house down.”

His probation was revoked, and he was sent to prison in March 2011. He was paroled six months later.

‘Don’t kill yourself’

Tony Rogers was visiting his parents on July 4 at their house, which backs up to Woosypiti’s grandmother’s house.

About 5 p.m. he said he heard a woman screaming and ran around the corner. He found a group of Woosypiti’s family members standing in the front yard screaming, “She’s been stabbed, she’s been stabbed.”

“When I got there, people said he ran to the creek (behind the house),” Rogers said. “All of a sudden I see this mini-van coming and blows out on Woodlawn. If someone was standing in his way, they would’ve been run over.”

Woosypiti was driving, Rogers said.

“It’s really quiet around here,” he said. “Nothing like that ever happens around here.”

Derby police arrived quickly. A person at the scene, who didn’t want to be named for fear of retaliation, said he overheard Woosypiti’s relatives talking to him by cellphone and saying, “Don’t kill yourself, don’t kill any cops. Turn yourself in.”

Police told the relatives, “Just keep telling him to turn himself in,” the witness said.

That didn’t happen. Not then, not this week.

“How it played out,” the witness said, “is exactly how I figured it would.”

Contributing: Hurst Laviana of The Eagle

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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