An armed man trying to steal a night deposit bag wound up taking a whipping from the victim, who still managed to make the deposit.
About 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Bank of America branch in the Towne East Square, a 23-year-old man was starting to place a bank bag in the night deposit when he was approached by another man with a handgun, Wichita police Lt. Joe Schroeder said Thursday.
The victim ran around the corner of bank with the suspect in pursuit, but then the victim stopped and confronted the other man. He grabbed the gun away from the suspect, then punched him multiple times, knocked him to the ground and kicked him. The victim grabbed the bank bag and tossed it in the depository, as the suspect fled on foot.
The victim described the suspect as a black man in his 20s, 5-foot-10 and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue jacket, gray pants and a black ski mask.
That description matched one a man who apparently approached another person who was in the process of making a night deposit at the same bank branch, Schroeder said. In that case, the person made the deposit before anything happened. That person had reported the incident to mall security but police weren’t aware of it before arriving to investigate the second incident.
Police are still searching for the suspect.