MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The Riley County Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance after an incident involving subjects who were thought to be armed.
RCPD says the incident occurred in the 1200 block of Kearney Street at 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim, a 25-year-old man was reportedly approached by two unidentified males and forced to drive them to an ATM. They demanded that the victim give them money or face physical injury.
Before these crimes could escalate further, police were contacted with a description of the victim’s vehicle and were able to locate it and perform a traffic stop. At this time the suspects fled on foot and have not been located. A search of the area was conducted by a multitude of police officers which included surrounding agencies and a helicopter supplied by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Police say the suspects were wearing Halloween masks at the time of this incident and police are withholding the name and personal information of the victim due to the nature of these crimes and the current status of these suspects.
Police were contacted shortly after the incident began and immediately initiated this investigation into aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and criminal threat.
The event has some Kansas State University students worried, with the incident happening a block from campus.
“At the corner of my street! It makes me a little scared, a little nervous. But I’m just in shock right now.” says Jannay Stokes, who lives in the neighborhood where the incident occurred.
She’s in shock, because she says this neighborhood is regularly patrolled by police. Another student says the recent event will change her daily routines.
From now on, student Shannon Britt, says she’ll only go outside at night in groups. “Make sure somebody knows where I’m going and when I’ll be back.” says Britt.
If you have any information about the incident, the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers can be reached anonymously by visiting www.ManhattanRileyCountyCrimeStoppers.com or calling 785-539-7777.
RCPD discourages the public from attempting to apprehend these subjects. Please instead contact the department by phone at 785-537-2112 or 911 in an emergency.