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Lyft driver calls 911, leads Wichita police to felon at QuikTrip after armed robbery

A Lyft driver called 911 after picking up an "individual acting suspicious" in Wichita, police say. That led officers to an armed felon at QuikTrip after a robbery.
A Lyft driver called 911 after picking up an "individual acting suspicious" in Wichita, police say. That led officers to an armed felon at QuikTrip after a robbery. AP Photo

A Lyft driver who called 911 after picking up an "individual acting suspicious" led officers to an armed felon at QuikTrip, according to a release from the Wichita Police Department.

About 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to an armed robbery at Powell Jewelry, 2441 N. Maize, in west Wichita.

When they arrived, an employee said two unknown men entered the business, and one of the robbers pointed a handgun at her.

The employee ran from the business through the back, pushing the "hold up alarm" in the process, Officer Charley Davidson said. One of the robbers followed her, while the other fled on foot.

Not long after, the Lyft driver called 911. Lyft is an on-demand transportation company.

The driver told police he picked the suspicious person up near Powell Jewelry, Davidson said.

That led officers to the QuikTrip at 21st Street and Ridge.

While at the convenience store, officers arrested and booked a 33-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm. A handgun was recovered.

Police provided a description for the other robber who has not yet been found: black male, late 20s to 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and a large build. He was last seen wearing a black ball cap, red shirt with white long sleeves, yellow shorts, white tennis shoes and a gold necklace with a gold medallion.

No injuries or losses were reported.

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