Heights students’ prank at Subway mimics robbery, police say

When a young man came into a Subway restaurant late Monday morning, put his hand in his pocket and ordered the people inside to the floor, they almost certainly suspected a robbery was taking place.

The man, along with two other people who had come in with him at about 11 a.m., left the Subway in the 3200 block of North Rock Road without taking any money, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

Follow-up investigation revealed the three people — two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy — are students at Wichita Heights who thought the stunt at Subway would be a funny prank, Nolte said. They were questioned but not arrested.

“We don’t believe they were trying to commit an actual robbery,” Nolte said.

Still, their actions “very clearly” resembled those of people about to commit the crime, he said. The teen who ordered those inside to the floor began counting aloud the number of people down before he left.

About eight people — including customers — were inside the Subway when the students entered, Nolte said. Police plan to present evidence in the case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether charges are warranted.

Authorities consider such pranks dangerous, Nolte said, because there’s no guarantee someone who feels threatened by that behavior wouldn’t confront the pranksters and violence could result.

District spokeswoman Susan Arensman would not say what, if any, disciplinary action was taken against the students.

“The school’s administration has dealt with the situation,” she said in an e-mail response.