Crime & Courts

Stranger to cousins in south Wichita: ‘Why are you on my tracks?’

A casual evening stroll turned into a frightening dash to safety for two cousins Wednesday night, police said.

The cousins, 27 and 22, were walking along railroad tracks in the 3500 block of South Broadway shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said, when a stranger approached them and asked, “Why are you on my tracks?”

They told him they were just going for a walk, but that didn’t appease the stranger. He pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the two men, Espinoza said.

They ran toward Broadway from the tracks and called 911. Officers responding to the report found a person near the tracks a short time later, Espinoza said, but the cousins said he wasn’t the person who confronted them.

The suspect is a white male about 5-feet-10, the cousins told police. He has a medium build and brown hair. He was wearing a red bandanna, white tank top and dark blue jeans.

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