A 43-year-old man is facing a number of charges after a domestic violence incident turned into a kidnapping that led to a chase in Wichita.
Officer Kevin Wheeler said police were called to a Walmart store on Wednesday afternoon in the 6100 block of West Kellogg. Officers were told by witnesses that a man got into a scuffle with a woman and he then forced her into an SUV. Friends who were with the woman said they were meeting in the parking lot of the Walmart to exchange property. They chased the man’s SUV but their vehicle became disabled in a crash at Pawnee and Vine.
The 39-year-old woman was released at a business in the 1600 block of South Seneca, then police got involved in a chase with the suspect but had to end it because of high speeds. An officer later saw a stolen vehicle near Taft and West Street, and after a chase, that vehicle was stopped and the man from the Walmart scuffle turned out to be the driver. The man was booked into jail for aggravated battery, domestic violence, kidnapping, and charges related to the chases.
Wheeler said officers involved in a domestic violence pick-up program were involved in this case. The pilot program has started as part of an effort to deal with domestic-violence-related crime.