Home invader held at gunpoint until police arrive

KSN Photo by Avery Anderson

WICHITA, Kan. –  Wichita Police are investigating a home break-in that involved a neighbor pulling a gun to try and stop the suspects.

It happened in south Wichita Wednesday nightwhen a woman was in her home.  First, the suspects tried to break into her home.

“I was at home sleeping, when I started to hear a knock on the door and the doorbell rang,” said the woman who did not want to be identified.

“The banging starts to get louder and stronger, and then I knew it’s something serious and they’re determined to get into my home,” she said.

The victim said two men barged into her house while she was sleeping and started taking her valuables.

“Our televisions were in the vehicle,” she said. “Our laptops, our safe deposit boxes, my jewelry box.”

Within minutes, Wichita Police arrived on the scene, and that’s when both suspects bolted.

“While I was standing in the backyard, I actually saw the two gentleman hop my fence in the back to my neighbors yard,” said the victim.

“A 22-year-old male was seen going into someone else’s home in the 4600 block of south Ellis,” said Wichita Police Lt. James Espinoza, “In which point that resident began to yell and scream about this intruder inside her home.”

One suspect ran into another neighbor’s back yard, but this time he happened to pick the wrong one.  The neighbor, a 61-year-old man, was armed with a handgun and held one person at gunpoint until police arrived.

“He was definitely an angel and a blessing to be there at that point in time so they couldn’t get into anyone else’s home to hide,” said the victim.

Though one of the criminals ended behind bars, another is still on the loose.

“We are still currently looking for a 29-year-old white male, we have an idea who it is and we’re going to try and apprehend him,” said Espinoza.

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