Man arrested for alleged attempted sexual assault near downtown Wichita


Wichita police have arrested a man for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a jogger near downtown Wichita. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Monday near McLean and Seneca. 

According to police, an 18-year-old woman was jogging on a bike path on McLean near the Arkansas River when she was approached by the 36-year-old man who physically assaulted and attempted to sexually assault her.

During the attack, a City of Wichita employee who was working on the other side of the river and observed the incident and called 911 for help. Officers responded quickly and took the suspect into custody.

According to arrest records, the suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Ronald Knittle. Knittle was arrested for aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual battery and resist arrest.

Citizens also stopped to assist the victim during this incident.

The victim sustained minor injuries, and the investigation is ongoing.

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