Man escapes after being forced at gunpoint to drive to ATM

08/18/2014 11:57 AM

08/18/2014 5:03 PM

A man driving near downtown Wichita was robbed at gunpoint and forced to drive to an ATM early Monday morning, police said.

It’s the second time in a week that two men have forced their way into a vehicle, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said, and investigators are looking into whether the cases are connected.

A 27-year-old man was driving in the area of Douglas and Minneapolis and slowed to make a turn at about 3:15 a.m. on Monday when a man stepped in front of his vehicle, Espinoza said. When the driver stopped, a second man got into the back seat and pointed a gun at his head.

The man who stepped into the street then got into the front passenger seat and ordered the victim to drive to an ATM at a Commerce Bank in the 2700 block of East Boulevard Plaza and withdraw money from his account, Espinoza said. The driver ran from his car at the bank and the suspects took off in his car, which is a white 2004 Oldsmobile Alero with the 60-day tag A610601.

The victim had money taken from his wallet but otherwise escaped unharmed, Espinoza said.

A similar carjacking was reported at about 3:45 a.m. Friday in the 1000 block of North Volutsia, police have said.

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