WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police are looking to see if the latest case of a woman being robbed at gunpoint is part of a crime trend. The robbery happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5600 block of Shadowridge.
The victim of the robbery, Jody Swehla, says she was coming home after depositing some money into an ATM at Harry and Webb.
Swehla says when she got home, she got out of her car to check her mail, something that she does routinely when coming home at night.
“I had actually gotten the mail and locked it back up and than one of the gentleman had approached me,” said Swehla.
One man had a gun and took her purse and cell phone out of her car. A second suspect wasn’t armed.
“That’s when he kind of grabbed my shoulder and said to me if you cooperate everything will be okay and that’s when I saw the other gentleman open up my car door and grab my purse and my phone,” said Swehla.
Her one year old daughter and 6-year-old nephew in the car during the robbery, but no one was injured.
“I mean with both the kids in the back I mean the car was still running, they could have very well taken the car,” said Swehla.
Swehla says both men got into a dark-colored sedan and left the area.
The police were able to retrieve her stolen phone, which had been thrown into someones front yard.
“We are asking for the community’s help on this, the Wichita Police Department is taking this very seriously and this is a high priority with us right now,” said Lt. James Espinoza, Wichita Police Department.
In all, officers say there have now been five robbery attempts recently that are similar in nature.