Emporia police arrest 2 women in bicyclist’s hit-and-run, kidnapping

Emporia police investigate bike accident, kidnapping
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 12:20 PM CDT
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EMPORIA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Emporia police arrested two women on a charge of kidnapping in connection with a bicyclist who was hit and then taken from the scene of the crash.

Police arrested Analysa Tamez, 26, and Mariah Lopez, 27, Friday afternoon and booked them each into the Lyon County Detention Center on a charge of kidnapping. Tamez was booked on an additional charge of aggravated battery.

Police said the women were in a 2009 Chevy Aveo that allegedly struck the 26-year-old bicyclist at East and 9th Street in Emporia, then drove her around in their car for about 30 minutes before dropping her off near her home. The woman suffered broken teeth and significant facial injuries, according to police.

The suspect vehicle was found Friday morning with significant damage to the windshield.

Emporia police are investigating what they describe as a hit and run and kidnapping.

Neighbors who live by Eastside Memorial Park say they witnessed the accident.

“What we saw was a bicycle that looked like it have been hit by a car. We pretty much left it at that,” said Arthur Look, who lives nearby.

Look said two women in the car, go out and carried the bicyclist to their car, and then, drove off.

Emporia police said they later found the bicyclist with significant injuries.

Police are still searching for the women. They say they were in a possibly silver or tan passenger car that now has a broken windshield from the accident.

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