Police: Man arrested after shocking teen with jumper cables

This picture shows a 15-year-old boy that was shocked by jumper cables. (Courtesy Photo)
Robert McDowell
Robert McDowell (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Jail)

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police are investigating after a teen was tied up and shocked with jumper cables. Police responded to the report just after midnight early Sunday.

The father of the 15-year-old boy says his son was walking near Douglas and Grove when a 58-year-old man approached him and pointed what felt like a gun to his back.

Police say the suspect took the boy to a home in the 2300 block of East 1st Street and tied him up with the boy’s shoelaces. He then took jumper cables and shocked the boy on the ears.

We spoke to the sister of the 15-year-old, who didn’t want to be identified. She told us, she’s enraged about what happened.

“That’s just, that’s just wrong. A 15-year-old autistic boy,” said the 15-year-old’s sister.

Monday night, the Wichita woman struggles to make sense of an attack on her 15-year-old brother, which left her feeling helpless.

The teen is doing better, but his sister says the bruising on his ears, left by the jumper cables, still remains.

“As far as my mother, she feels protected now that he’s locked up, but she is a little worried that he might get out on bond and stuff,” she said.

For now, the family says they’ll keep a close eye on the teen.

“We want justice to be serviced and also justice from the man upstairs when the time comes,”

“You can’t do anything. You feel discriminated from all the stuff he was saying. Just helpless and really really enraged is I guess all I can say,” said the Wichita woman.

Police say the suspect made comments that he was robbed by the 15-year-old boy’s friends. The boy said the man smelled of alcohol. The 58-year-old suspect eventually released the boy who went home to call 911.

Police later arrested Robert McDowell. He was booked on multiple felony charges including aggravated battery with a firearm, abduction and kidnapping.

The teen was taken to an area hospital to be checked.  He wasn’t seriously injured.


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