WICHITA, Kansas – Officials say a burglary suspect was caught on top of a building at Spirit Aerosystems.
The burglary started Wednesday morning in the 3200 block of East Harry in Butler County.
The homeowner took a 22 Mossman rifle to the garage and found the suspect in the garage. There was a struggle and the suspect got the rifle away and assaulted the homeowner.
Butler County Sheriff and Andover police responded. The homeowner gave a description of a man driving a gold Ford Explorer.
A Butler County College officer saw a vehicle matching the description and tried to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop, and the chase went into Sedgwick County. The vehicle went south on 143rd to Central where they lost the vehicle. The suspect got on the Kansas Turnpike, and the vehicle was spotted the vehicle in south Wichita. The suspect was located on Spirit property.
He was taken into custody and booked on burglary, aggravated assault, felony flee and elude and criminal damage to property.
Sheriff Kelly says the suspect told deputies that he threw the rifle out of the vehicle in Butler county. He wants the public to be on the lookout for the weapon and to call 316-322-4257 or go to any law enforcement agency and turn it in.
Spirit Aerosytems Statement:
The safety and security of our employees is our top priority. Spirit Security took every precaution to ensure the safety of Spirit employees while local law enforcement agencies pursued an armed suspect that entered Spirit property. All buildings south of McArthur were locked down and traffic was diverted. No Spirit employees came in contact with the suspect. Due to the partnership between Spirit Security, Sedgwick County Sherriff, and Wichita Police, the suspect was captured without incident on top of a Spirit building.