A front entry door at the Sedgwick County Jail needs new glass after a fearful man who told authorities he was fleeing “people in the bushes” shattered it trying to get inside.
The Pennslyvania man, 61, “seemed to be hallucinating” when he was kicking one of the metal-and-glass double doors around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. Lin Dehning said. The man told a deputy who responded to the ruckus that he had taken a cab from a friend’s Wichita home to the jail, 141 W. Elm, to escape people he believed were chasing him.
The front doors of the jail are left unlocked around the clock and would have opened had the man pulled on the handle, Dehning said.
The man said he was “in fear because the people in the bushes were going to get him,” Dehning said. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital-St. Joseph for medical and mental health evaluations.
He hadn’t been arrested for any crime as of early Wednesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office categorized the case as involving criminal damage to property, which can be a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the value of the item damaged.
The broken glass will need to be replaced, but it was unclear Wednesday how much that will cost, Dehning said.
On Wednesday, a sign affixed to the damaged door with strips of red tape asked people to “USE OTHER DOOR” in the meantime. The tape was also crossed over the shattered glass and stuck to the door’s handle.