WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The man wanted in connection to the death of 41-year-old Brent Boone has been captured following a crash and standoff in southeast Wichita on Thursday.
According to Trevor Macy, a public information officer with the Wichita Police Department, 31-year-old Saul Valenciana surrendered to police following a standoff at an apartment near Harry and Edgemoor.
Officers were following up on a Crime Stoppers tip about an SUV supposedly connected Valenciana in the area. Officers spotted the vehicle leaving the parking lot of a restaurant near Harry and Bluffview shortly after 12 p.m. It crashed near Harry and Pinecrest. The driver was not Valencia. Instead, police say it was a 35-year-old man who was booked for traffic charges and a state parole warrant.
Macy says police soon learned that Valenciana was possibly in a nearby home in the 1600 block of S. Parkwood. Police set up a perimeter and made contact with Valenciana via phone in order to begin negotiating his surrender.
Nearby homes were evacuated as WPD called in their SWAT team and crisis negotiators to assist. Officers then made contact with another man inside the residence, and he was able to exit safely.
According to the news release sent out by WPD, “During negotiations, information was received about potential explosive devices inside the residence. As a precaution, the WPD Bomb Squad was called in to assess the situation. The scene was deemed safe and released to investigators.”
No injuries were reported.
At approximately 3:23 p.m., Valenciana exited the home and was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of murder, burglary, and theft.
His alleged accomplice in Boone’s death, 19-year-old Teyha Turner, has already made her first appearance and is being held on $1 million bond for first-degree murder.