Police: Suspected shoplifter threatens officer with nunchaku, is taken into custody

12/05/2013 2:53 PM

12/05/2013 2:55 PM

A 33-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday after police said he pulled nunchaku on an officer who had stopped him on suspicion of shoplifting.

The incident happened at 4:45 p.m. at 7700 E. Kellogg at Towne East Square. According to Lt. Doug Nolte, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department, officers were in the area because of a report of a shoplifting at Von Maur.

An officer was across the street in a computer lot when he noticed a person who fit the description of the shoplifting suspect. When the officer tried to stop the individual, Nolte said, the person took off running. The officer gave chase. The suspect then stopped running, turned around and pulled out the Asian martial arts weapon and threatened the officer. The officer pulled out his Taser and promptly stunned the man and took him into custody.

“We believe this suspect has committed at least a burglary at a Target store, we are double-checking the video to see if this was the individual breaking into the Target store and stealing items earlier this week.”

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