Police officials say a friend’s intervention may have saved a woman’s life early Wednesday morning in south Wichita.
A group of friends were at Judy’s Bar in the 1300 block of South Seneca when they began to disperse at various times, Capt. Darrell Atteberry said. A couple left and returned to their home in the 1400 block of West Figg, southwest of Kellogg and Meridian and about a mile from the bar.
A mutual friend who had been with them at the bar heard a loud argument as she walked by their house sometime after midnight, Atteberry said. She went back to check on her friend 30 to 45 minutes later and knocked on the front door of the house.
Her friend’s 31-year-old boyfriend answered the door, ran past her and left, Atteberry said. The 25-year-old woman went inside and found her 31-year-old friend in the bedroom with multiple injuries from a beating.
She was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where a CAT scan revealed multiple broken bones in her face and lacerations above both eyes.
The friend’s intervention was important in “maybe keeping something more serious from happening,” Atteberry said.
Ten people were killed in Wichita last year in domestic violence cases, he said. Police have made it a priority to try to reduce that number this year, urging residents to call 911 if they have reason to believe domestic violence is occurring in their home or a neighbor’s.
Of the 15 homicides so far this year in Wichita, three are linked to domestic violence, said Lt. Todd Ojile, head of the homicide section.
“We ask people to do something instead of nothing,” Atteberry said. “We don’t ask people to go and personally intervene in a dangerous situation.”
It’s enough to call 911 so police can step in “and get some help for that victim of domestic violence,” he said. “It’s important to break that cycle.”
Police are still looking for the suspect in the beating on Figg Street, police records show.