Crime & Courts

Sword-wielding Oaklawn homeowner fends off burglar

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He broke into a house in Oaklawn early Friday morning, only to come face to face with a homeowner wielding a sword, authorities said.

What happened next was predictably bloody, and the 17-year-old suspect is now in the hospital having his wounds treated before he’s booked into the Sedgwick County Jail, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. Lin Dehning said.

An Oaklawn resident in the 3300 block of East Idlewild called 911 shortly before 4:30 a.m. Friday to report that someone was breaking into his house and that “he was arming himself,” Dehning said.

No intruder was on the scene when a deputy arrived at the house southwest of K-15 and 47th South, Dehning said, but a few minutes later 911 received a call from a house in the 5100 block of South Hemlock. That house is just a few blocks northeast of where the break-in occurred.

The caller on Hemlock reported that a person there was bleeding and needed medical attention, Dehning said. The 17-year-old boy was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

The incident remains under investigation, Dehning said, and the case will ultimately be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. The teen was detained as a result of outstanding warrants, he said, and could face a potential attempted burglary charge as well.

The 26-year-old homeowner isn’t likely to face criminal charges for attacking the intruder, Dehning said.

“A homeowner has a right to defend themselves,” he said. “The homeowner was defending himself inside the residence when the cutting took place.”

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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