WICHITA — Perhaps it was because the car he was in had been reported stolen a few days before.
Or maybe it was because authorities had three warrants out for his arrest.
In any event, when a 20-year-old man lost control of the green Honda Accord in which he was barreling east on Douglas and crashed into a tree at Richmond Sunday afternoon, he took off — leaving his seriously injured girlfriend behind.
Police say he ran to a house in the 100 block of North Edwards and tried to steal a 1995 Honda, but it wouldn't start.
He then ran north on Edwards, barging through an unlocked front door in the 200 block of North Edwards and demanding that the 70-year-old man inside give him the keys to his vehicle, police said. But the homeowner refused, so the suspect left.
He ran a little farther down the block and forced his way inside another house. The screams of the 13-year-old boy and his 44-year-old mother brought a 44-year-old man in from the backyard to see why his wife and son were upset.
The homeowner tried to fight with the suspect, but he and his wife were hit in the face during the struggle, police said.
The suspect stole money and property and left the house, running north. He entered a house in the 300 block of North Richmond through an unlocked back door and stole property, police said.
Witnesses told officers converging on the area where the suspect had gone, and they surrounded the house. He then surrendered without incident.
He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on a laundry list of offenses — among them aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, auto theft, aggravated assault and criminal possession of a firearm.
The crashed Honda had been reported stolen from north Wichita last week, police said.
The suspect's 23-year-old girlfriend was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
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