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April 23, 2014

Police: Burglar temporarily trapped by victim’s car in driveway

A woman returning to her house in south Wichita found a man on her front porch, but he wasn’t there to chat.

A woman returning to her house in south Wichita found a man on her front porch, but he wasn’t there to chat.

He was in the middle of burglarizing her house, police say.

When the 24-year-old woman approached the stranger on her porch at about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday in the 1500 block of East Denker, the man punched her in the face and head and took her cellphone and car keys, Lt. Dan East said. He tried to move the woman’s car out of the driveway but couldn’t get into the vehicle.

He then got into a black Pontiac that was backed into the garage and used that car to push the woman’s car backwards and out of the way before he drove west on Denker out of the area, East said.

Upon inspection of her home, East said, the woman discovered he had forced his way into the house through a side door and stolen electronics and jewelry.

The woman had left her house at about 7 a.m. and was gone nearly an hour and a half, East said. She suffered a bruise on her face and a small cut on a finger from the attack, a police document stated.

The car used by the burglar may have been a Grand Prix, East said.

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