Crime & Courts

South Seneca resident is hit with handgun, has truck stolen in robbery

Two armed robbers forced their way into a South Seneca home, and one whipped the resident on the head with a handgun, a Wichita police spokesman said Friday.

The 53-year-old victim’s injuries were minor, Lt. James Espinoza said.

The robbers stole the man’s pickup truck, a 2002 green Ford XST with license number 131FVL. Anyone who sees the truck should call 911, Espinoza said.

Espinoza gave this account: The 53-year-old heard a knock at his door, in the 4700 block of South Seneca, around 6:20 a.m. Thursday and thought it might be a neighbor returning a borrowed lawn mower. Instead, it was two men with handguns who forced their way into the home looking for money. They took keys from the man and stole his pickup.

One suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-foot-11 and weighing 140 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants. The second suspect was described as an Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds and wearing dark pants. The second suspect is the one who struck the resident, Espinoza said.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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