Crime of the Week

Can you help solve this crime? (May 14, 2016)

The crime

On May 4 at around 9 p.m., a man was walking his dog along the river bank in the 2700 block of South Topeka. The victim was approached by a stranger who was sitting near some trees in the area. The suspect approached the victim and asked for a cigarette. When the victim told the man he did not have one, the man called the victim a “stupid … preacher” and stabbed the victim in the abdomen.

The suspect then left the area walking west along the river. The victim was treated at a hospital for his injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5-feet-10 and about 150 pounds, with lighter short hair and fair skin. He is also described as being somewhat clean cut with a couple of days’ beard growth. The suspect was wearing a dark colored T-shirt, dark-colored blue jeans, and a dark-colored baseball cap worn backwards. He is also described as having a higher-pitched voice.

Whom to contact

If you have information about this aggravated battery or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,500, and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County, a division of the Wichita Crime Commission, is a nonprofit organization of citizens against crime that relies 100 percent on donations from the community to pay for tips.

Crime Stoppers case number: 1618

Department case number: 16C30608

Lead detective: Brandon Lenzi, Wichita Police Department