Crime & Courts

Police arrest woman suspected in Batman robberies in Wichita

A woman suspected of robbing Wichita convenience stores while wearing a Batman mask this past week was taken into custody Saturday night by Wichita police after an attempted robbery at the Family Express at 1203 E. Pawnee involving money and cigarettes.

At 5:20 p.m., police said, a 24-year-old woman walked into the store wearing a Batman mask and demanding both money and a carton of cigarettes. The would-be robber was stopped when the 31-year-old female clerk behind the counter pulled a gun, said Sgt. Ed Brower, spokesman for the Wichita police.

The 24-year-old ran outside and into a waiting car, police said. She and a 23-year-old man then fled.

But Wichita police captured the two and took them into custody on three counts of robbery. Photos were taken, and the vehicle was impounded.

The two are suspected in the robbery of the Maize Food Mart, west of Kellogg and Maize, at 9:15 p.m. Friday and in a Thursday robbery at the Friends Corner Convenience Store at 1131 E. 47th St. South. In Friday’s robbery, the masked robber asked for money. But on Thursday, she wanted both money and cigarettes.