(WICHITA, Kan.) — A telephone solicitation led to several law enforcement officers with high-powered weapons around the Journal Broadcast Group building in north Wichita. The solicitation was the beginning of an elaborate scam.
On February 14th, a telephone caller with a foreign accent called a Journal Broadcast Group employee to say he owed $400. The Journal employee refused to pay, but the calls continued.
On Wednesday of this week the Journal employee told the caller to stop the harassing phone calls or he would contact police in his hometown of Valley Center. Sedgwick County Sheriff Lt. Brad Hoch says, “The man called Valley Center Police this morning and impersonated the Journal employee. He told the dispatcher he had just killed his wife and son and was planning to shoot people at KFDI where he worked.”
The Valley Center dispatcher notified Wichita-Sedgwick County 911 who called KFDI to verify the employee was in the building. Thinking there could be an armed man in the building, patrol cars from the Sedgwick County Sheriff, Wichita Police and Valley Center Police lined up along Old Lawrence Road, north and south of the Journal Broadcast Group building. Lt. Hoch says “The call solicited a high tactical response.” Officers had earlier driven to the employee’s home in Valley Center.