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Early morning visit leaves man with broken nose

A man who stopped to visit people at a north Wichita house this morning left with a broken nose and cheekbone after he was beaten by another man, police say.

The man, 28, who lived in the 1600 block of North Jackson dropped by a house in the 2300 block of North Jeanette around 1:30 a.m. to visit people at the residence, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said. While there, an argument started between the 28-year-old and another man, 19, who were friends, Nolte said. The younger man punched and kicked the older man, knocking him to the ground.

The 28-year-old suffered a broken nose and fracture to his left cheekbone during the assault, Nolte said.

After Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene to treat the man, an argument started between the 19-year-old and a 16-year-old male, Nolte said. The younger teen retreated into the home and grabbed a shotgun. He threatened the 19-year-old with the weapon from the doorway of the house, Nolte said.

The teens fled before officers arrived. Police recovered two weapons on scene.

The owner of the home, a 56-year-old woman, was not involved in the scuffle, Nolte said. Her relationship to the two teens is unknown, he said.

“When police arrived, she was cooperative, and we did end up identifying two suspects,” he said.

The 28-year-old man was taken in serious condition to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he was treated and released.

Police are still looking for the teens, Nolte said. No one has been arrested.

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