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Registered violent offender charged in beating, rape of woman at SE Wichita business

Arden Vanhorn
Arden Vanhorn(Sedgwick County Jail)
Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 12:20 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:18 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Wednesday, March 17, 2021: A man accused of beating and raping a woman at a southeast Wichita business made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court. Arden Vanhorn faces 11 counts including rape, aggravated battery and kidnapping. In the Wednesday afternoon court appearance a judge set Vanhorn’s bond at $320,000.

Police said on Sunday, (March 14), Vanhorn entered a business in which a woman was working, displayed a knife and then strangled and raped the woman. She was able to break free and call police. Vanhorn, a registered sex offender, has multiple previous felony convictions,

Tuesday, March 16, 2021: Wichita police arrested a previous felon and registered violent offender for sexual assault and various other charges.

Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to check the welfare of a citizen at Harry and Poplar. They arrived and made contact with a 47-year-old woman who had injuries. The officers learned 32-year-old Arden Vanhorn entered the business the woman was working at in the 1500 block of East Harry, held a knife to her, strangled and battered her, and sexually assaulted her. She was able to get away and call the police.

Officers later learned that Vanhorn had already been arrested from a separate investigation from an aggravated battery and theft Sunday evening.

The investigations are still ongoing and the cases will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office.

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