Man injured in forklift attack

WICHITA, Kansas — Police are searching for the man responsible for a forklift attack.

It happened at Bodycote Thermal Processing at 1618 S. Ida around 1:50 Tuesday morning.

Three workers were outside on a break and when they returned to warehouse area, they discovered an unknown man sitting at the controls of a forklift. When they ordered him to leave, the suspect started up the machine and started driving  around the warehouse, smashing into items.

One employee, a 44-year-old man, was pinned by the forklift against metal grates when he tried to stop the suspect.

The victim’s leg was cut and his leg bone snapped.

At that point the suspect jumped off the forklift and ran. It was later discovered that he had broken into the facility by bending a chain link fence.

The victim was taken to Via Christi Medical Center and is in fair condition.

The suspect still hasn’t been found. He’s described as a thin white or Hispanic male in his mid 20’s, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a blue t-shirt without sleeves, black jeans and had a beard.  He was not an employee at the company.

If you know anything about this suspect, call Wichita Police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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