Thief asks if he can hide in house; resident refuses

09/20/2013 11:32 AM

09/20/2013 11:33 AM

He was running from the scene of the crime, purse in hand, when he went into a neighborhood and knocked on the door of a south Wichita house.

When the resident on Haskell, near Harry and Meridian, answered shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the thief asked for permission to hide, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said. The resident wisely said no.

The thief took off to the north, tossing items from the purse he’d grabbed after punching a woman who walked out the back door of the nearby QuikTrip at 2510 W. Pawnee, Nolte said. Two people saw the attack and called 911, alerting police to his whereabouts.

But he managed to get away. Police are looking for a black man between 25 and 30, Nolte said. He is about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. His right eye has been damaged, Nolte said, or it may be a lazy eye.

“It’s a distinct right eye,” he said.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 911 or the robbery section of the Wichita Police Department at 316-268-4646.

“Fortunately, they had witnesses,” Nolte said. “We’ve got a good description.”

Investigators are checking with QuikTrip to see whether video of the crime is available, he said.

Officers were able to recover some of the woman’s property that was dumped as the thief fled, Nolte said. She was not seriously injured in the attack.

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