Crime & Courts

More details emerge in the arrest of Wichita State basketball player

A member of the Wichita State men’s basketball team was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, criminal damage to property and theft after a woman accused him of coming into her home and strangling her before stealing a phone and a set of keys.

Theodore “Teddy” Allen was arrested at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday in Wichita after a woman in her 20s reported that he had battered her, according to Wichita police reports.

Allen, 21, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail, daily booking reports show. He was later released on $3,500 bond.

On Friday morning, Allen made a first appearance in Wichita Municipal Court. Documents filed in Allen’s case show he has not been charged with domestic battery. Instead, he has been charged with a domestic violence property crime and petty theft, both misdemeanors.

Allen is accused of destroying an iPhone 7 and stealing a set of vehicle and apartment keys, court documents show.

Emergency communication recordings from that time period give the clearest indication of what led to Allen’s arrest.

Police reports show a woman reported being battered by Allen in a neighborhood off Rock Road in northeast Wichita. A woman calling from that location said he came into her home and “strangled her,” according to police scanner audio.

He then took a phone and keys and fled on foot, a 911 dispatcher says in the audio.

“She says she’s injured but she’s refusing EMS at this time,” the dispatcher says.

Allen was arrested shortly after the call at an apartment near WSU. The campus police department assisted in locating a suspect at that location, according to WSU’s police log.

Allen would not comment when reached by phone.

“We are aware of the situation regarding men’s basketball student-athlete Teddy Allen and are gathering additional details in order to gain a broader understanding of the situation,” WSU athletic director Darron Boatright said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

When asked for a statement from WSU men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall, a university spokesperson referred to Boatright’s statement.

Allen, a 6-foot-5 forward who transferred from West Virginia last spring, is expected to be a redshirt sophomore for the Shockers this coming season and is one of the most anticipated players on the team. He is projected to be a starter and drew rave reviews as a scorer on the scout team last season for WSU.

Allen averaged 7 points in less than 12 minutes off the bench for West Virginia as a true freshman in 2017-18, earning him the nickname “Teddy Buckets.” He also averaged 31.6 points as a senior at Boys Town High and won the Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017.

He had hopes of playing last season for WSU, but the NCAA did not award him a waiver to play immediately.

Allen’s arraignment is scheduled for July 29.