Crime of the Week

Wichita police seek public’s help in recent food truck robberies

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The crimes

(Case 16C33249) About 1 a.m. on Sunday, two men entered the Tacos Irapaupo food truck at 225 E. 29th St. North. They were armed with black handguns and demanded money. The two employees were held at gunpoint while one of the men took cash from the register. One of the suspects said he needed the money because his child had cancer and then told the employees not to call police or they would come back.

The first suspect is described as an Hispanic man, 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds; the second suspect also is Hispanic, but slightly stockier or larger in build. Both wore black clothing and boots, and had masks over faces.

(Case 16C33693) About 9:30 p.m. Monday, two men entered the La Hacienda Taqueria Taco food truck at 2455 N. Broadway, armed with black handguns. They took cash from the register and a cellphone from one of the employees. One of the suspects told the employees that if they called the police, they would kill them. The suspects left in an unknown vehicle.

Both men were wearing black clothing and had covered their faces with black bandanas. One of the suspects was wearing tan Polo work boots.

(Case 16C33729) About 2 a.m. Tuesday, a Hispanic man with a black handgun entered the Tacos Mexican Fast Food Restaurant at 1930 E. Pawnee through an unlocked door. He was wearing a black hoodie and gray jeans; a black bandana covered his face. The suspect forced one of the employees to the floor with the gun, took cash from the register and fled.

He is described as speaking broken Spanish, 5-foot-8 and approximately 150 pounds.

Due to the similarities in the three cases, investigators think they may be related.

Whom to contact

If you have information about these crimes or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com 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: 1619

Department case number: 16C33249, 16C33693, 16C33729

Lead detective: William Crowe, Ted Naldoza, Wichita Police

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