WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police on Tuesday released a video of a suspect who allegedly stabbed a 28-year-old woman multiple times Monday.
The stabbing happened near 17th and Doreen just before noon. The woman was standing near her vehicle when she was stabbed in front of her home. Police tell KSN News the attack was random.
“She was approached by a male suspect who began to stab her multiple times,” said officer Paul Cruz, Wichita Police Department spokesman. “This is a dangerous individual. We want to locate him immediately. This is why we are releasing the video.”
Police said neighbors contacted police after the woman was stabbed. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
“We were contacted by neighbors. Don’t know what they saw or what they were able to provide to investigators,” said officer Cruz.
Right now, police are searching for a man in his 40s. He has a thin build, brown hair and a scruffy beard. He was wearing a white shirt and dark pants. He left the scene heading west on 17th Street.
Dozens of officers spent the morning and early afternoon on Tuesday combing the neighborhood for answers and potential witnesses.
In the surveillance video, you can see the suspect running from the scene of the crime, taking off one of his shirts and putting it in the storm drain. He then drops something, picks it back up and takes off running.
Neighbors said they are scared and hoping investigators will soon find the suspect.
“If he’s out there, you know you did wrong,” said Ruth Garza, neighbor. “Pay the consequences. You could have easily killed [her] and that’s not right.”
Many of the neighbors said they often walk to work or leave their doors unlocked, but after this stabbing, they will rethink doing those things.
“We’ve lived here for 12 years and used to sleep with our door open,” said Garza. “Now, it’s double lock and everything.”
“If you live in the area where the incident occurred and you have video and detectives haven’t contacted you, we want you to call,” said officer Cruz.
If you know anything about the crime, you are asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. You can also call detectives at (316) 268-4407 or the See Something Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282.
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