Fidelity Bank robbed; police come up empty at house in search for suspect

06/26/2014 11:43 AM

06/26/2014 7:40 PM

A bank robbery in southeast Wichita on Thursday led to a SWAT team being deployed to a nearby neighborhood in a futile search for the suspect.

The incident began when the Fidelity Bank branch at 3525 E. Harry was robbed at 10:08 a.m. by a lone suspect, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said. That’s near Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph.

Acting on a tip, a SWAT team deployed to house a few blocks away on South Roosevelt. Authorities had reason to believe the bank robber was holed up inside a yellow duplex.

The SWAT members approached the duplex at about 1:45 p.m.

“This is Wichita Police Department. We have the house surrounded. Come out with your hands up,” said a woman on a loudspeaker. A Kansas Highway Patrol K9 unit was also dispatched.

About half an hour later, at about 2:15 p.m., the SWAT team and K9 unit departed. The suspect was not in the duplex.

Detectives and officers continued to question residents of the neighborhood as mid-afternoon arrived. The suspect remained at-large.

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