Crime & Courts

2 arrested in Friday bank robbery

Wichita police arrested two men and are seeking a third after a North Woodlawn bank robbery Friday where the suspects held guns on tellers and a customer, police officials said.

The men also are possible suspects in several other Wichita bank robberies, including some where shots were fired, police Capt. Jeff Easter said.

Because of concerns that the suspects had been armed, officers blocked off some streets leading to the 1500 block of North Kenmar, where one of the suspects lives, Easter said.

The bank robbery occurred at about 9:45 a.m. Friday at Legacy Bank, 2055 N. Woodlawn, police said.

Police Sgt. Jeff Davis said three suspects armed with handguns and wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the bank. Two of them jumped over a counter and threatened tellers with handguns.

Davis said they stole an undetermined amount of cash.

No injuries were reported.

The suspects left in a vehicle initially described as a boxy, dark blue Oldsmobile. They were last seen heading south on Woodlawn.

Detectives and FBI agents — involved because the crime involves a financial institution — responded to the bank robbery.

The robbery investigation led officers to the North Kenmar home, near 13th and Oliver, Easter said.

For a time Friday morning, officers — some carrying shotguns — blocked off the street in front of the house. Officers reopened the street by 11:30 a.m.

About a dozen officers remained in the neighborhood, however, most of them near the house. Some officers went door to door along Kenmar.

Police arrested two of the suspects a short time after they left the Kenmar house, Easter said. Police stopped a red pickup they were in a few blocks away, at 13th and Bluff. Police had the two under surveillance as they left the house, Easter said. Officers had the pickup, parked in front of a small strip center, towed away.

Police questioned the two suspects and booked them into jail on suspicion of bank robbery, Easter said later Friday.

Investigators collected evidence thought to be connected to the robbery, he said. He wouldn't elaborate.

Easter asked that anyone with information about the robbery call Crime Stoppers, 316-267-2111; the Wichita police North Patrol station, 316-350-3400, the FBI, 316-262-0031; or Wichita police robbery detectives, 316-268-4177.

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