Crime & Courts

Police link recent robberies near Wesley Medical Center

Crime Stoppers on Wednesday released these pictures of the suspect in a robbery of a Subway restaurant at 410 N. Hillside. The crime occurred at around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Crime Stoppers on Wednesday released these pictures of the suspect in a robbery of a Subway restaurant at 410 N. Hillside. The crime occurred at around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Courtesy photo

The Wichita Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking for help locating a man who robbed a Subway restaurant near Central and Hillside on Wednesday. The man is also thought to have carried out Monday’s robbery of the Taco Bueno across the street.

Surveillance footage released on Crime Stoppers’ Facebook page shows him wearing the same or similar attire during both robberies: the pants to black two-piece coveralls and a dark-colored or gray hooded sweatshirt.

The method of robbery is also similar, Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Thursday. The man walks into the restaurant, claims he has a weapon and demands money then leaves with some cash. He runs away afterward.

The Taco Bueno, 427 N. Hillside, was hit at about 1:30 p.m. Monday as lunchtime wound down. The Subway, at 410 N. Hillside in the College Hill Square strip mall, was robbed just after 10 a.m.

The man was last seen Wednesday, heading to the residential neighborhood behind the strip mall after the sandwich shop theft. He is black, in his 20s or early 30s, 5-feet, 9-inches tall, about 180 pounds and has a thin build.

Anyone with information about either crime is asked to contact the Wichita Police Department at 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

“Someone out there knows who he is,” Woodrow said Thursday.

Restaurant employees reported both robberies, police have said. No one was hurt.

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