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Man stabbed at College Hill Park dies; two men arrested

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Sep. 9, 2013, at 1:20 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12 p.m.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a man in College Hill Park on Sunday, police said.

Carl Cooper, 32, was pronounced dead just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Wesley Medical Center, nearly nine hours after he was stabbed multiple times in the park, Capt. Brent Allred said.

Allred gave this account of the events leading up to the stabbing:

A woman spotted a man inside her car in the driveway of her house in the 400 block of South Clifton at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday and began yelling at him. Two men who knew the woman heard her shouting as they approached her house.

Cooper took off running. One of the men chased him on foot, the second in a vehicle. They caught up to him in the 300 block, where he was stabbed two to three times.

He was able to make his way to a residence across the street, where the occupants rendered aid and called 911. Cooper gave a partial description of the vehicle, which an officer found less than 10 minutes later at Hillside and Lewis.

Cooper was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m.

Trenton Custer, 34, was arrested at Hillside and Lewis and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of murder and a drug offense, records show. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

Kyle Carter, 30, was arrested several hours later in the 400 block of South Clifton, records show. He is being held on suspicion of murder and also has a $250,000 bond.

Cooper was stabbed with a knife, Allred said, but he would not offer specifics. Investigators have recovered the knife they think is connected to the death, he said.

Cooper is the 11th homicide victim of the year in Wichita.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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