Man sought in connection with Wichita homicide investigation

06/21/2014 1:07 PM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

Wichita police said Saturday that a 19-year-old man sought in connection with the city’s latest homicide investigation is at large and should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”

Authorities advise anyone who knows the whereabouts of or who sees Ruben Higadera to avoid approaching him and to immediately call 911, the police homicide section at 316-268-4181 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Wichita police Capt. Troy Livingston said Saturday afternoon that the department had issued a felony pick-up for Higadera on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm “in relation to the homicide shooting call” that left one man dead and a teen injured overnight in the 900 block of South Cypress.

Livingston would not be specific about Higadera’s suspected role in the events surrounding the shooting. He is described as Hispanic; 5 feet, 6 inches tall; and weighing about 150 pounds with a medium build. He also is wanted on a felony warrant for a probation violation in an aggravated robbery case, Livingston said.

“We’re currently ... interviewing numerous youth” who were at the overnight party in an effort to obtain more information about what happened, Livingston said. “We’re trying to track them all down.”

He added that “there is still an unknown suspect that officers are trying to identify.”

“This is still an active, ongoing investigation,” Livingston said.

During a news briefing at noon Saturday, Wichita police Sgt. Ron Hunt said officers responded about 3 a.m. to a report of a shooting at a large party in the area of 900 S. Cypress, near Lincoln and Webb. When officers arrived, Hunt said, they found a 20-year-old man in a vehicle with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

“As the officers were clearing the residence inside, they did locate a second victim,” a 17-year-old boy, Hunt said.

The teen was transported to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition, police said. He suffered at least one gunshot wound to his chest, said Livingston. He said he did not know how the teen was faring Saturday afternoon.

Livingston said that, according to witness statements, there may have been 50 or more people at the overnight party. “But we don’t have an accurate count” yet.

Both the man killed and the injured teen were local residents, Livingston said, but neither lived at the address on Cypress. Their names have not been released by police.

More details are expected Monday morning during the agency’s regular briefing with reporters at City Hall.

Sedgwick County District Court records show that Higadera was ordered to serve 36 months’ probation with an underlying prison sentence of 59 months after pleading guilty last year to aggravated robbery and cocaine possession. In that case, Higadera admitted to stealing $350 and a wallet from a man he threatened with a stapler, according to court records.

He is wanted on a warrant for failing to return to the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections Residential Center after signing out shortly after 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24, according to a warrant filed in the case.

“He did not have permission to remain away,” the warrant says. “His whereabouts are currently unknown.”

Kansas Department of Corrections records also list Higadera as an absconder.

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