Two people, including a Hutchinson teen girl and a Wichita man, were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of robbing a local man at gunpoint.
Police are also looking for a third suspect.
Officers responded just before 9 p.m. Saturday to an address at First Avenue and Chemical Street about a robbery that occurred earlier near Sixth Avenue and Star Street.
An 18-year-old Hutchinson man and a 17-year-old girl, both of Hutchinson, told police they went to the location on Star for an arranged meeting with another girl.
After arriving, the suspect teen and two black males got into the back seat of the victim’s car. In the car, one of the men pulled a handgun and held it to the driver’s neck, advising if he moved he would be killed, according to details in an affidavit read by Magistrate Judge Daniel Gilligan during an initial appearance by one of the men.
The three then took cash, the victim’s iPhone and an Adidas backpack containing marijuana and fled on foot.
Police interviewed several individuals before going to a house about on Sixth Avenue about a block from where the robbery occurred, which was known for prior criminal activity, and conducted a search, finding items taken in the robbery, said Lt. Dustin Loepp, detective division supervisor.
Numerous people were in the home, Loepp said, including several people found hiding in the attic.
All three suspects were taken in for questioning. Initially, officers jailed Caleb Grant, 18, of Wichita, on a warrant for a parole violation and the girl, Destiny Hippen, 17, Hutchinson, was placed in juvenile custody. The third suspect had no outstanding warrants, so he was released pending further investigation.
Officers continued interviews, interviewing nearly a dozen people, Grant and Hippen were held on suspicion of aggravated robbery and an arrest warrant was issued for the third suspect.
During his appearance before Gilligan, via video camera, Grant denied knowledge of the robbery and said he was being held on a probation violation, asking for a reduced bond.
“I’ve been staying in Wichita and am homeless in Hutch,” Grant said, explaining why he failed to appear for a bond forfeiture hearing on the parole violation.
Reno County Assistant District Attorney Valerie Hansen told Davidson Grant’s prior conviction was for misdemeanor aggravated endangerment, but it also involved a handgun, asking that his $25,000 bond not be reduced.
Gilligan set the case for a status hearing 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22 and the bond revocation for a hearing 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24.