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Wichita woman robbed while turning around in parking lot on Harry

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.

What a Wichita woman thought would be a routine turn-around to get back to a corner she missed turned into a frightening ordeal early Tuesday morning, police said.

The 51-year-old woman told police she turned into a parking lot in the 2700 block of East Harry at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when two men approached the driver’s side of her car and a third man opened her unlocked passenger door and got in, Lt. Dan East said.

“She just happened to be turning around” at the time of the incident between I-135 and George Washington Boulevard, East said.

He indicated he had a gun and demanded money, East said. She gave him a small amount of cash, and he then demanded she drive around the area. He then took her wallet from a pants pocket.

After they drove around the area for a while, the robber had her stop and he got out and ran off, East said. The victim told police the suspect is a black man in his 20s. He is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. He wore a dark, striped polo shirt.

Police found and talked to the two men who approached the driver’s door of the woman’s car, East said. They were released after questioning.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the altercation but refused medical treatment, East said.

“When you are driving, make sure your doors are locked,” East said.

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

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