Crime & Courts

Neighbor helps nab suspect in home burglary in south Wichita

Wichita police are investigating a break-in on Wednesday in which a neighborhood resident helped catch one of the suspects.

The break-in happened shortly after 4 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Lulu, near Hydraulic and 47th Street South.

A 37-year-old woman called 911 and told dispatchers that while she was asleep in her house, she was awakened by a loud bang on the front door, said Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza.

The woman hid in the house while still on the phone as two men began taking items from the house and putting them into a 2016 Toyota pickup that was stolen, police said. Espinoza said neighbors saw what was happening and pursued the suspects when they began to run from the house. One neighbor held a 22-year-old man at gunpoint; the other man fled the scene.

“Kudos to him,” Espinoza said of the neighbor. When police arrived at the scene, they took the one suspect into custody and arrested him on suspicion of aggravated burglary, theft and trespass.

The second suspect has been identified but has not yet been taken into custody. Police are also looking for a third suspect, a female, Espinoza said.

No injuries were reported in the break-in.