Wichita saw three armed robberies of businesses over a 19-hour period, although they weren’t connected, police said Saturday.
The string started Friday afternoon and continued through Saturday morning. The suspect in the first robbery has been arrested and there’s no similarity in description of the other two suspects.
The most recent robbery occurred at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, when a man robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3137 S. Seneca, Sgt. Bart Brunscheen said. The man confronted the customer service manager with a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded all the money except the coins and said he would shoot her if she called anyone, police said.
Witnesses told police the suspect was a white man, 45 to 50 years old, 6-foot and about 155 pounds with a skinny face and a few days growth of beard. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket with a hood, light-colored blue jeans and dark shoes or boots. Police are still looking for that robber.
Earlier Saturday at 12:15 a.m., a man armed with a small knife robbed the QuikTrip in the 3200 block of east Harry, at Hillside, Brunscheen said. He told the clerk to give him the money and fled on foot.
Witnesses described him as a black man in his 40s, 6-foot and 200 pounds. He was wearing all black and was cross-eyed. Police are searching for him.
The first on robbery happened at 1 p.m. Friday, when a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered Disco Tienda Tovar II grocery store in the 300 block of east Harry, Brunscheen said. The man demanded money from the clerk and fled with cash and the store keys.
Two people outside tried to stop him, but they backed off after he pointed his gun at them. The suspect ducked into a nearby pawn shop where he was tracked down and arrested by police.
A 24-year-old man was booked into jail on suspicion of one count of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal possession of firearm by a felon.