Crime of the Week - Wichita and Sedgwick County
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CRIME STOPPERS CASE #1619
CRIME STOPPERS CASE #1619
FOR THE WEEK OF May 22, 2016
DEPARTMENT CASE NUMBERS: 16C33249, 16C33693, 16C33729
LEAD DETECTIVES: WILLIAM CROWE & TED NALDOZA, WICHITA POLICE DEPARTMENT

(16C33249) About 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, two men entered the Tacos Irapaupo food truck at 225 E. 29th St. N. They were armed with black handguns and demanded money. The two employees were held at gun point while one of the men took cash from the register. One of the suspects said he needed the money because his child had cancer and then told the employees not to call police or they would come back.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds; the second suspect also is Hispanic, but slightly stockier or larger in build. Both wore black clothing and boots, and had masks over faces.

(16C33693) About 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, two men entered the La Hacienda Taqueria Taco food truck at 2455 N. Broadway, armed with black handguns. They took cash from the register and a cell phone from one of the employees. One of the suspects told the employees that if they called the police, they would kill them. The suspects left in an unknown vehicle.

Both men were wearing black clothing and had covered their faces with black bandanas. One of the suspects was wearing tan polo work boots.

(16C33729) About 2 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, a Hispanic man with a black handgun entered the Tacos Mexican Fast Food Restaurant at 1930 E. Pawnee through an unlocked door. He was wearing a black hoodie and gray jeans; a black bandana covered his face. The suspect forced one of the employees to the floor with the gun, took cash from the register and fled. He is described as speaking broken Spanish, 5-foot-8 and approximately 150 pounds.

Due to the similarities in the three cases, Investigators believe they may be related.

If you have information about any of these robberies or any crime, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. You also can submit a tip online at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to 274637 (crimes). All ways are secure and anonymous. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,500, and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name.

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