Crime & Courts

Police: Robbery suspect caught after firing shot

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Area law enforcement agencies teamed to arrest a robbery suspect who fired a shot toward two people as he ran from the Johnson’s General Store at 5400 N. Meridian, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured when the robber fired once in the direction of an employee and customer who were looking to see which way the robber fled, Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.

She gave this account: The robbery occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Monday when a 58-year-old man came into the store with a handgun and demanded money. An employee complied.

As the robber was leaving, another employee and a customer went outside. While running across the parking lot, the man fired one round toward the two witnesses, Woodrow said. The witnesses gave a good description that helped officers track the suspect.

Park City police and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the suspect in the 5400 block of Athenian and recovered a gun and other evidence. The suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of multiple crimes, including aggravated robbery, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon, Woodrow said.

She said teamwork was key in the arrest.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter