Wichita teens arrested in series of violent crimes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police have arrested a trio of teens accused in a series of crimes that started with robbing a pizza deliveryman at gunpoint and ended with crashing a stolen car.

Police Lt. James Espinoza said the boys — a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds — are suspected of going after the pizza man Saturday evening.

Two days later, Wichita TV station KWCH12 reports, they were accused of stealing a white Mercedes that had been left running in front of a man’s home.

A drive-by shooting was reported less than an hour later at a home that was struck several times. Those inside — a 33-year-old woman, two 16-year-old boys and 4-year-old boy — were not harmed.

Witnesses said the shooters fled in a white Mercedes.

The stolen Mercedes later crashed into a grain elevator, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The three teens, described by Espinoza as gang members, were arrested after they ran from the car wreck, he said.

Authorities have not identified the teens publicly because they’re juveniles, but “to be this violent” and this young “is a real concern,” Espinoza said.


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