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Police arrest third suspect in robbery of dying woman at drive-through

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.

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A third suspect has been arrested in the robbery of an unconscious woman in the drive-through lane of a south Wichita fast-food restaurant last month.

The suspect, identified in records as 19-year-old Keith Byron Hickles Jr., turned himself in on an unrelated probation violation at the Sedgwick County probation office at 525 N. Main on Monday afternoon, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

The first two suspects were arrested Friday night after a tip was called in to Crime Stoppers.

Danielle Zimmerman, 43, suffered a brain aneurysm as she was driving through the Taco Bell drive-through lane at 3725 E. Harry on the evening of Dec. 29. Her truck crashed into a speaker in the drive-through lane. She died the next day.

By the time emergency responders arrived, someone stole her purse, credit cards, telephone and wedding ring. The ring was removed from Zimmerman’s finger.

“Unfortunately, the ring and some of the other property has not been recovered,” Nolte said. “We are still looking for that. We are hopeful that we can get that property back in the right hands.”

Daquantrius Shaquill Johnson and Quanique Dontrell Thomas-Hameen, both 19, were arrested Friday night.

“I’m glad the tip line helped, and that people in community are stepping up to help solve the crime and get these guys into custody and maybe help me get my wife’s wedding ring back,” Kris Zimmerman said upon hearing of the most recent arrest.

Investigators aren’t sure yet of the chain of events leading up to and including the crime, Capt. Brent Allred said.

“Nothing indicates they were inside” Taco Bell leading up to the incident, he said.

Contributing: Bill Wilson of The Eagle

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

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