Suspects in Family Video robbery arrested following purse snatching

The two men who robbed Family Video employees at gunpoint early Monday morning pressed their luck later that same night - and now they’re behind bars, police said.

A 29-year-old woman was putting her purchases into her vehicle in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 11411 E. Kellogg shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Monday when a man ran up and grabbed her purse from the shopping cart, Lt. Joe Schroeder said.

The suspect got away, but not before witnesses noticed the license plate of the vehicle he was in and called 911. Police ran the plate number and drove to the address linked to the plate, Schroeder said.

Sure enough, before long the vehicle containing the suspects arrived at the house in the 4200 block of East Clark – just south of Murdock and between Hillside and Oliver.

When the officers approached, Schroeder said, one of the suspects ran while the other surrendered. The fleeing suspect was quickly apprehended.

Officers found in the suspect vehicle property taken in the armed robbery of the Family Video employees outside the business on South Hillside at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Schroeder said.

“We did recover the shotguns” used in that robbery, he said, though he would not say where they were found.

The robbers stole the bank bag, cash and a set of keys in that incident, and Schroeder said evidence definitively linking the suspects to that crime was found in their vehicle.

The two men, ages 25 and 26, were booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.