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Search for man linked to Wichita Amber Alert continues

Wichita police say they want to talk to David Hatcher, 24, after an Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for his two daughters, who were later found safe.
Wichita police say they want to talk to David Hatcher, 24, after an Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for his two daughters, who were later found safe. Courtesy of Wichita Police Department

Authorities are still looking for the man who prompted just the second Amber Alert issued out of Wichita when he crashed his car through a hotel wall to get his two young girls early Wednesday morning.

The girls, ages 3 and 5, were found at about 11 a.m. Wednesday at a relative’s house near 12th and Glendale, more than eight hours after David Hatcher, 24, crashed his light blue 2001 Grand Marquis into a room at the Days Inn Hotel at 7321 E. Kellogg, Wichita police said.

“We want to talk to him to see his side of the story,” Wichita police Capt. Jeff Weible said Thursday.

The Grand Marquis was found later Wednesday in the 2400 block of East Audrey, which is north of 21st and Grove. Hatcher remains at-large, however.

“We believe he is still in the area, but we also know of other locations he may be going to,” Weible said.

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

Hatcher and his girlfriend both have custodial rights to the two older children, Weible said. But because of what happened at the hotel, authorities decided to issue an Amber Alert.

The alert was issued at 9 a.m. Wednesday. It’s the first Amber Alert out of Wichita since Nov. 5, 2004, Weible said.

Hatcher 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.

Weible said a family member called police to let them know the two missing girls were with them. All three girls involved in the incident are now in police protective custody.

“The important thing is we were able to find the children safe and sound and uninjured — especially when you consider the damage we found at the hotel,” Weible said.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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