Crime & Courts

Wichita student, 14, arrested on suspicion of spiking educator’s coffee with rubbing alcohol

A 14-year-old Hamilton Middle School student was arrested Thursday after pouring rubbing alcohol into coffee that a school employee later drank, Wichita police said Friday.

A 58-year-old man was drinking his morning coffee shortly before 9 a.m. when he noticed something was wrong with the taste, Lt. James Espinoza said.

The man, who was either a teacher or a para, didn’t swallow the coffee and spit it out, Espinoza said.

Authorities later discovered the 14-year-old boy had poured the rubbing alcohol in the coffee pot. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal threat and aggravated battery and taken to the Sedgwick County’s Juvenile Intake Assessment Center, Espinoza said.

It wasn’t clear from the report whether the student had previously threatened the man, resulting in the criminal threat allegation.

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