Crime & Courts

Three men arrested in connection with series of recent robberies

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Wichita police, investigating a string of convenience store robberies this month, have taken three men into custody.

Police got a break in the cases this week when a 20-year-old man walked into a Phillips 66 store in the 1200 block of South Tyler Road shortly after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and told the clerk he had been kidnapped, Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Wednesday.

The man told the clerk he was being forced to rob the store and asked the clerk to call 911. After officers arrived, they placed the man in custody, Woodrow said.

A 19-year-old man was located and arrested in a vehicle in a Home Depot parking lot near Kellogg and Tyler, she said.

The 20-year-old was then transported to Wesley Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. He was later questioned by police.

During the investigation, it was discovered the 20-year-old was responsible for three additional robberies on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17, police said. The robberies occurred at Kwik Shop, 2909 E. Douglas; QuikTrip at 1021 W. 31st St. South, and a QuikTrip at 324 S. West St.

The 19-year-old was arrested and booked in connection with the three robberies and another robbery at a QuikTrip at 11223 E. Central during the same period, Woodrow said. He also was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated battery.

A third man, a 21-year-old who was in the vehicle at the west-side Home Depot, fled before officers arrived Tuesday, Woodrow said. But he was found in the 4300 block of East Boston and was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated robbery.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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