Hays police: Disturbance leads to stolen medication and car from Wichita hospital

Police lights (KSN File Photo)
Police lights (KSN File Photo)

HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – Early Wednesday morning, Hays police officers responded to a domestic disturbance at Hays Medical Center.

Security called police regarding a physical altercation between a man and a woman in a hospital room. Officers spoke to the involved couple, 50-year-old Richard Padley and 19-year-old Hannah Southworth. Both Padley and Southworth claimed to be homeless and from the Denver area.

During the investigation, police learned that they had stolen a car from an employee of the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and abandoned it at the north McDonalds in Hays. In their possession were stolen medications from Via Christi St. Francis Hospital.

It was also learned that Padley had faked a medical condition so he would be admitted to Hays Medical Center in an effort to gain access to medications.  While in the hospital room, Padley and Southworth got into a physical altercation with each other, prompting the call from security.

Richard Padley and Hannah Southworth were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled stimulant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and domestic battery. Padley has an additional charge of interfering with a law enforcement officer. Both Padley and Southworth are being held at the Ellis County Jail.


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