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February 15, 2014

Suspect in radio station homicide now in Sedgwick County Jail

The suspect in the death of a 25-year-old Steckline Communications employee is now in the Sedgwick County Jail, records show.

The suspect in the death of a 25-year-old Steckline Communications employee is now in the Sedgwick County Jail, records show.

Sheriff’s Office records show that 31-year-old Antwon Banks – identified in a Wichita Police Department report as the suspect in Daniel Flores’ death – was booked into jail Friday evening on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

Flores’ body was found about 8 a.m. Monday in a basement area of the Steckline offices on Maize Road just south of Kellogg. Flores died of blunt-force injuries, according to preliminary autopsy results.

When police arrested Banks late Wednesday during a traffic stop in the 3900 block of North Woodlawn, an officer found him with a knife stuck in his stomach, a report said. Officers had been watching the suspect’s residence before the traffic stop, police have said. Banks was recovering at a Wichita hospital before officers took him to jail.

A woman who has identified herself as an ex-girlfriend of Banks, Lisa Bryce, told The Eagle that she believes she was Banks’ intended target. Bryce, an office manager at Steckline Communications, said she had recently kicked Banks out of her house. She said they began dating in October 2012.

Sheriff’s records show that Banks is in the jail’s clinic.

Officials said Friday that police plan to present their case to prosecutors next week.

Steckline Communications owns radio stations and an agricultural network.

Flores operated computer and audio equipment for the business.

Visitation for Flores is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock in Derby. Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, and funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, both at St. Mary Faith Center, 2300 E. Meadowlark in Derby.

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