WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Police have arrested a suspect in a violent stabbing attack that seriously injured a Wichita woman. Police say the suspect and victim did not know each other, and the attack was random.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay held a press conference Saturday to announce the arrest of 30-year-old Wade Dunn. Dunn was located shortly after midnight Saturday at a home in the 1000 block of South Main Street. He said public tips and information through Crime Stoppers helped to find the suspect.
The stabbing happened near 17th and Doreen streets just before noon Monday, Sept. 23. A woman was standing near her vehicle when she was approached from behind and stabbed multiple times in front of her home. Her attack was caught on nearby surveillance video.
“This was a vicious attack, and it was very disturbing,” said Ramsay. “Some of our veteran investigators were noticeably moved by how bad this attack was.”
Dunn was arrested for suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, as well as a federal warrant through the U.S. Marshals Service. Chief Ramsay said Dunn’s prior criminal record included criminal threat, criminal possession of a weapon, battery, theft and criminal damage to property.
“I really want to thank all the citizens that called in with tips,” said Ramsay. “Additionally, I want to thank our department members who worked tirelessly to bring this about, and I also want to thank the media who gave this a lot of attention as well as provided our video to the community.”
Chief Ramsay said that the victim is improving and called her a “tough, admirable young woman” who is able to communicate and has been assisting investigators. The investigation is continuing, but officers are not looking for additional suspects.
“Her tenacity and her strong personality have helped us with this case tremendously,” Ramsay said of the victim.
Throughout the investigation, Wichita police say they received tips from citizens as well as information through Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers that led to Dunn’s arrest.
“A lot of people don’t realize this, but most of our crime is solved by tips, by people providing information and cooperating with us and that’s one reason why we push it that’s why we work with [the media] to get information and video out and in this case, ultimately those videos helped make that connection,” said Ramsay.
The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorneys Office for potential charges.
KSN obtained several documents related to Dunn’s criminal history, which is lengthy. According to record at the Kansas Department of Corrections, Dunn received his first conviction in 2011 when he was found guilty of three counts of criminal threat with intent to terrorize.
He was later convicted of one count of theft of property between $1,000 and $25,000, a count of theft of property less than $1,000, a count of burglary and one of criminal threat. Those crimes occurred in 2012.
The federal authorities got involved later in the decade. Dunn was arrested in October 2016 for criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person. He was prohibited from owning a firearm and ammo because of his previous convictions being punishable by more than one year of prison.
Dunn was indicted by a federal grand jury for that crime and pleaded guilty in May 2017. That guilty plea led to a sentencing in July 2017 to 33 months in prison, just short of three years, and three more years of supervised release.
He was delivered to federal prison in January 2018, though another document shows he was released to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in August 2017 to serve that sentence.
He was released from prison in July of this year and transferred to a “residential re-entry center,” also called a halfway house, in Wichita managed by Mirror, Inc. to serve the rest of his sentence.
Documents further show Dunn did not report back to the halfway house on Sept. 23, the day the stabbing occurred. He left the house on an “Itinerary pass” at 9:30 that morning and was required back by 5:30 that evening. He never showed. By Sept. 24, Dunn still had yet to return, and his whereabouts were unknown.
On Sept. 23, the halfway house informed the U.S. Bureau of Prisons of Dunn’s absence. The BOP alerted the U.S. Marshals, which submitted a criminal complaint in federal court the next day.
When police took Dunn into custody Saturday, they booked him into jail for first-degree attempted murder, criminal possession of a firearm and a federal warrant. The warrant was for his missing from the halfway house the day of the stabbing.
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