Crime & Courts

Police arrest man they say was shot during robbery

Casey P. Toothman
Casey P. Toothman

Correction: The location of the house was incorrectly placed in relation to Pawnee in a previous version of this story.

A man suspected of being shot by his victim in the course of a robbery earlier this month was arrested following a car stop in east Wichita on Thursday night, police said.

Casey Toothman, 19, was arrested at about 9 p.m. at Kellogg and Grove, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Authorities had released his name and photograph Thursday morning, asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Numerous calls and tips flowed in, Lt. Joe Schroeder said, including one saying where and when officers could expect to see Toothman’s car. Police say he was one of three people who forced their way into the house of a 66-year-old disabled veteran early on the morning of Sept. 4 and told the man he would not be harmed if he stayed out of their way.

They stole a television, iPad and cash, police have said. The other two robbers left, but Toothman came back into the house in the 2100 block of Lori Lane, which is east of Rock Road and north of Pawnee.

At that point, the man — who uses oxygen and needs a walker to get around — feared Toothman planned to harm him, police have said, so he grabbed a 9mm handgun he keeps in or next to the chair he sleeps in and shot Toothman.

The bullet struck Toothman in the side, passed in front of his rib cage and came out his pectoral muscle, Schroeder said. He ran out of the house and went into hiding — but posted a photo of his gunshot wound on Facebook and told friends he sustained it during a robbery.

After his arrest, Schroeder said, Toothman was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment of the wound and then booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

The other two suspects in the case were arrested last week.

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