Crime & Courts

Wichita police: Girls sought in Amber Alert and car found

David Hatcher crashed into this east-side Days Inn room and took two girls, Wichita police said. (Feb. 17, 2016)
David Hatcher crashed into this east-side Days Inn room and took two girls, Wichita police said. (Feb. 17, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Two young girls who were the subject of an Amber Alert issued Wednesday morning were found several hours later, authorities said.

The girls were found at a house at 12th and Glendale in Wichita at about 11:30 a.m., police confirmed. The vehicle used in the abduction, a light blue 2001 Grand Marquis, was found abandoned at 21st and Grove shortly after noon, a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher said.

The father of the girls, who is accused of taking them from an east Wichita hotel early Wednesday morning, remains at large.

Layla Hatcher, 5, and Lilly Hatcher, 2, were at the Days Inn Hotel, 7321 E. Kellogg, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s web site. Their father, David Hatcher, took them from the hotel at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Wichita police. An Amber Alert was issued at about 9 a.m.

After arguing over the phone with his girlfriend, Hatcher drove to the hotel, crashed the car into the room and took the girls, Wichita police said. Hatcher’s girlfriend was at the hotel with their two girls and her 1-year-old daughter, who was unharmed in the incident.

Hatcher, 24, was last seen wearing black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and black shoes. He is 5 foot 9 and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. He is known to be armed, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said.

Hatcher has relatives in Oklahoma, Espinoza said.

Contributing: Stan Finger of The Eagle

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