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Rape suspect involved in standoff faces 19 counts

Patrick Newborn was arrested early Wednesday in connection with a standoff in southeast Wichita.
Patrick Newborn was arrested early Wednesday in connection with a standoff in southeast Wichita.(KWCH)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 7:04 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 4:28 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Monday, Sept. 21, 2020: A rape suspect arrested after a standoff with Wichita police last Tuesday (Sept. 15) made his first appearance Monday (Sept. 21) in Sedgwick County District Court.

Patrick Newborn, 33, faces 19 counts in all, including three counts of rape and multiple counts of robbery. Police said one of the rapes happened last month, and another just days before Newborn’s arrest which happened last week in southwest Wichita after a standoff that lasted about seven hours.

A judge set Newborn’s bond at $250,000. He’s due back in court next month.

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Update Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020: The Wichita Police Department has identified the man at the center of a standoff Tuesday night as 33-year-old Patrick Newborn.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, officers went to an apartment in the 9100 block of East Harry to check for Newborn, who was a suspect in two recent rape investigations. He also had an outstanding warrant and was an absconder through the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC). Records show he had been convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a 15-year-old.

At the apartment, officers made contact who then pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot them. Officers go three people inside the apartment unit out and evacuated nearby apartments.

WPD Crisis Negotiations and WPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team were called out to assist with the situation. Officers tried for 7 hours to get Newborn out of the unit, but attempts were unsuccessful. Additional techniques were used and Newborn came out of the apartment on his own and was arrested. No one was hurt.

Newborn was arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County jail on two counts of forcible rape, two counts of aggravated residential robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated criminal sodomy, criminal threat, and outstanding warrants stemming from the two sexual assault investigations.

Police said they investigated an attempted robbery on Aug. 29 in the 6100 E. Boston involving two victims held at gunpoint. A woman in that case reported being sexually assaulted against her two weeks prior. On Sept. 13, police worked another sexual assault case involving a different victim on S. Pershing and determined the cases were likely related. The suspect was identified as Newborn.

Update early Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020: An hours-long standoff involving a rape suspect in southeast Wichita ends peacefully. Wichita Police confirm the man they were looking for has been arrested. This situation took place at an apartment complex near Harry and Webb Road.

Police believe the man is connected to at least two rape investigations.

Update late Tuesday night, Sept. 15, 2020: A standoff situation involving a rape suspect in southeast Wichita continues, more than four hours after it began at an apartment complex near Harry and Webb Road.

Police say the suspected, wanted in connection with at least two rape investigations, pointed a gun at police when officers arrived at the scene in response to an investigation from over the weekend. The apartment complex was evacuated.

As of late Tuesday night, negotiators remained on scene, trying to get the suspect to peacefully come out of an apartment.

Update 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020: Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said a standoff reported at an apartment complex near Harry and Webb Road in southeast Wichita involves a man suspected in a sexual assault reported Saturday (Sept. 12) in the 700 block of South Pershing.

Ramsay said the Wichita Police Department’s investigation into the crime led police to the apartment complex. The suspect, possibly connected with another sexual assault, had a handgun and threatened to shoot officers.

As of about 8:15 p.m., Ramsay said negotiators were working to get the suspect out of the apartment peacefully. The suspect, in this case, is also an absconder by the Kansas Department of Corrections, Ramsay said.

“Right now he is alone and surrounding apartments have been evacuated,” Ramsay said.

Heavy police response in southeast Wichita comes with a standoff reported at the Clairmont Apartments in the 9100 block of East Harry, near Harry and Webb Road.

That response from the Wichita Police Department includes a K-9 unit and at least one armored vehicle. Eyewitness News has a crew on the scene to gather further information once Wichita police can confirm details on the department’s response.

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