Armed men steal coin collection; Wichita victim gives chase

08/25/2014 1:48 PM

08/25/2014 5:51 PM

Armed robbers stole a prized coin collection from a man working in his garage, but the suspects were later caught by police following a long chase.

The 30-year-old man was working in his garage shortly before midnight on Sunday with the garage door open in the 4300 block of North Linden when a dark-colored SUV pulled up, Lt. Todd Ojile said Monday. Two men, ages 26 and 39, confronted the resident at gunpoint and forced him into the house.

They took him to his bedroom, where his wife was sleeping, Ojile said. They ordered the woman to stay in bed while they “ransacked the bedroom, taking numerous items,” he said.

Among those items was a valuable coin collection. They then left the house and drove away in the SUV, which held two other men, Ojile said.

Rather than call the police, the victim began chasing the suspects in his own vehicle. He chased the suspects “for several miles,” Ojile said.

One suspect leaned out a window of the SUV and fired several shots at the pursuing car. All of the shots missed. At another point during the chase, a suspect fired a shotgun.

Finally, the victim called 911 and officers spotted the SUV on the Canal Route. A brief chase ensued, with the suspects exiting at Ninth Street and two of the four suspects fleeing the vehicle on foot after they stopped on the street.

Officers caught the fleeing suspects a short distance away, and all four men were taken in for questioning. Three of the four men in the SUV were arrested on suspicion of offenses that include aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Officers made “a full recovery … of everything that was taken from the residence,” Ojile said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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