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An armed carjacking in the Lowe's parking lot leads to two arrests, police say

A Wichita pair was arrested Thursday evening after police say they carjacked a woman at gunpoint in the Lowe’s parking lot near Maple and Ridge.

The carjacking actually began at 7:10 p.m. in a Best Buy parking lot, Officer Charley Davidson said. A 24-year-old woman told police she was sitting in her car with her driver’s side window down when a man pointed two handguns at her and demanded her keys and belongings, Davidson said.

The woman backed up and left. She was not injured and told police the man got into a tan Chevy Impala and drove away.

A short time later, police were sent to the nearby Lowe's on another carjacking report. A 55-year-old woman was sitting in her car when the same man allegedly pulled out a handgun and demanded her keys.

She complied, was not injured and also told police the man had arrived in a tan Chevy Impala, Davidson said.

Officers found her stolen truck being driven in the area of Maple and Julia. The driver, a 27-year-old man identified in booking reports as Bryce W. Chapman, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, auto theft, possession of a firearm by felon, aggravated assault, robbery from a person, transporting an open liquor container, larceny and shoplifting.

The Chevy Impala was still parked at Lowe’s, Davidson said. The driver, a 34-year-old woman identified in booking reports as Shelly R. Leitzel, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, robbery from a person, aggravated robbery, auto theft, possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny from vehicle and shoplifting.

Officers found both firearms in the pair’s car, Davidson said.

Nichole Manna, 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna
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