Update: 5 people arrested in connection to kidnapping and robbery


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities have arrested five people in connection to a kidnapping and robbery after a Wichita woman and three children were abducted at gunpoint. The disappearance led law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert.

On Monday night around 11:15 p.m., Wichita police officers said they were dispatched to a burglary call at a home in the 1800 block of South Lexington Street. When officers arrived, they found a 31-year-old man in the home. The man told officers that several suspects entered his home, and an unknown suspect pointed a handgun at him and tied him up. Electronic and personal property were stolen from the home.

The man told officers the suspect escorted his girlfriend, 30-year-old Melissa Gifford and her three children out to a black Ford Expedition and left the scene. They were located at a west side hotel Tuesday morning and transported to Exploited and Missing Child Unit to be interviewed. They are now with family. Two suspects were arrested at the hotel.

“Investigators began working on this case immediately, which led to the arrest of five individuals,” said Officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.

The five suspects are four men and one woman. They were identified by police as Roque Arellano Jr., Andrew Pearcy, Floyd Luther, Spenser Myers, and Jennifer Delacruz. They were booked on charged of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

The black SUV was found by officers near Angel and Meridian in south Wichita. Police said the majority of the victim’s stolen property was recovered.

Police said this was not a random act, and the people involved know each other.

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