Crime & Courts

Man suspected of shooting Ruben’s Mexican Grill owner now in jail

Ruben Acosta has run his Mexican restaurant in Wichita since 1998. He was shot during a robbery on Friday night and is in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries.
Ruben Acosta has run his Mexican restaurant in Wichita since 1998. He was shot during a robbery on Friday night and is in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries. Courtesy photo

The man thought to be responsible for a weekend shooting that left the owner of a popular Delano neighborhood restaurant in critical condition is now in jail.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow of the Wichita Police Department said 26-year-old Reginald Kane was booked after he was released from a Wichita hospital, where he’d been receiving treatment for a bullet wound while allegedly robbing Ruben’s Mexican Grill, 915 W. Douglas, after closing time on Friday night. He’s being held on suspicion of the first-degree attempted murder of the restaurant’s owner, 58-year-old Ruben Acosta, as well as aggravated robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of aggravated assault, according to Woodrow and online jail records.

Acosta, who was shot twice, remained in critical condition on Wednesday morning. “He’s gone through numerous surgeries, with several more planned,” Woodrow said. He’s had at least four so far.

Police have said Kane walked into the restaurant while an employee was taking out trash around 10 p.m. Friday, demanded money and then shot Acosta. Acosta was carrying a gun and returned fire before he got away. Not long after, police found Kane suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1000 block of East Eighth Street.

As of Wednesday he had not been formally charged with any crime connection with Friday’s events.

Acosta’s wife, Anita Acosta, told The Eagle on Monday that Ruben’s Mexican Grill will be closed for at least a week as employees and family members clean up and decide what to do next. Acosta has run his Mexican restaurant in Wichita since 1998.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

  Comments