Crime & Courts

Man who attacked gas station clerk trapped in store until officers arrived, police say

Wichita police say a gas station clerk trapped his attacker inside the store until officers arrived.

The clerk, a 24-year-old man, was outside holding the front door shut to the Circle K convenience store at 515 N. Seneca when police responded to a stabbing call there at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, Wichita police spokesman Charley Davidson said. The clerk had several minor stab wounds on his body that weren't life-threatening but that required a hospital trip.

Davidson said officers went into the store and arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

The attack started when the 26-year-old went into the gas station Wednesday night, threw a fountain drink at the clerk behind the counter and got into a physical fight with him. The 26-year-old then stabbed the clerk with a knife, Davidson said. There were customers inside at the time, he said.

The 26-year-old was throwing and damaging things inside the store when police showed up.

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