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Several men arrested after man beaten in garage

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 2:39 p.m.

Wichita police think a beating Thursday afternoon may be related to white supremacists.

At around 12:25 p.m. in the 1700 block of South Roanoke, a resident witnessed a group of men beating another man in a garage with the door open, according to Wichita police Sgt. Bruce Watts.

The suspects then closed the garage door and one of them went around the corner, where the resident lost sight of him. When he came back around the corner, two officers arrived and saw him with a bag of zip ties, gloves and brass knuckles.

The suspect was detained and was found to be a federal parolee out of Oklahoma. He was arrested on a weapons charge because of the brass knuckles.

When officers went to the front door, the remaining suspects refused to answer until right before police were going to force an entry, Watts said.

Inside, police found a 25-year-old woman with minor injuries who is thought to be the tenant of the house.

A 33-year-old man was found severely beaten in the garage with an unfired bullet next to him. He refused medical treatment.

None of the remaining suspects would speak to police. Officers found five handguns and half a pound of crystal meth on the premises.

“I’m sure they all ditched their guns before they came out,” Watts said.

The suspects all had short hair, tattoos and were between the ages of 30 to 48 years old. Most were convicted felons, Watts said.

The incident is still under investigation.

The suspects are in custody and the woman was booked on weapons and drug charges. She is a state parolee.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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