skip to nav skip to content
A burglary suspect almost got away, but a Sedgwick County citizen helped sheriff's deputies catch him Thursday morning. The citizen came to the rescue when a deputy's car got stuck in a field during a chase. The 33-year-old man had been on the run. Video by kfdi.comvideo
A burglary and metal theft suspect was almost able to get away, but a Sedgwick County citizen helped catch him.
The 33-year-old man had been the subject in two chases and a manhunt since Wednesday evening when Kingman County authorities saw him in a stolen car. He was finally arrested along a hedgerow in a field near 79th Street South and 295th Street West in Sedgwick County.
The suspect and a sheriff's deputy both got their vehicles stuck in the muddy field.
"A citizen out here saw what was going on," said Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter. "He has a four-wheel-drive truck, allowed our deputy to get in with him, and then drove him out towards that tree line where we took that individual into custody."
The man had been making himself trouble since Sedgwick County deputies deflated his tires Wednesday evening. Deputies lost the man in the dark.
"The only way of his escape was the river," Easter said. "We found that a canoe had been taken, so we are assuming at this point he took the canoe and went down the river."
It wasn't clear where the man had spent the night. The final chase began when a deputy in the area saw a moving vehicle with an unscraped, frosty windshield.
Sheriff Easter says the man is well-known to authorites in three counties where he is suspected in numerous burglaries and metal thefts.