Crime & Courts

Police searching for 24-year-old man charged in Derby stabbing case

Jared Lee Woosypiti
Jared Lee Woosypiti

Derby police are looking for Jared Lee Woosypiti, suspected of stabbing a woman Thursday at a home in the 700 block of South Woodlawn.

Woosypiti is 24. A news release from the city of Derby said he is facing charges of attempted murder but has not been located.

Police describe him as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The news release said he might be driving a light blue 2006 Dodge Caravan with “Woodbridge Home Exteriors” written on the driver’s and front-seat passenger’s doors. He was last seen wearing a bulky gray sweatshirt, the news release said. Derby police described the incident as one of domestic violence when they responded to the call.

Woosypiti was sentenced on drug convictions in 2009, violated his probation and spent about six months in prison until he was released in September 2011, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. He was also arrested in December 2012 on suspicion of aggravated battery and aggravated kidnapping, according to a Sedgwick County Jail booking report. Department of Corrections records lists Woosypiti as an American Indian.

Anyone with information is asked to call 316-788-1557 or Derby Crime Stoppers at 316-788-8477. Police say to call 911 if you encounter him.

“We don’t have a great location of where he might be right now,” Derby Police Chief Robert Lee said Friday. “If they know of his whereabouts, call us.”

On Thursday, scanner traffic indicated the man was heading south to Arkansas City in a hijacked vehicle, but the search later concentrated in the area around Kellogg and the Kansas Turnpike.

The woman, who was stabbed multiple times, is in serious condition following emergency surgery, police said.

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