WPD discusses Amber Alert, arrests

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wednesday Update: Five people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Melissa Gifford and her three children this week.

The Sedgwick County Jail lists four of them as Roque Arellano, Jenifer Delacruz, Floyd Luther and Spenser Myers.

They are all booked on Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Robbery charges. Police say the suspects knew the victims.

"The suspects were acquaintances of these individuals," Wichita Officer Charley Davidson says.

Davidson says police don't know how the suspects entered the home.

"It was a very complex investigation and we truly appreciate all the help from the community and media in identifying and locating all the parties involved," Davidson says.


Police say two of the suspects lived at the home at one point.

Police say most of the family's belongings taken during the robbery have been recovered and returned.
The Wichita Police Department now says five people face charges in connection to a Tuesday morning Amber Alert. The suspects, four men and one woman, are booked for kidnapping and robbery, police say.

Police say they are not looking for any more suspects.


Wichita Police say a woman and her three children are safe, after being kidnapped from their Wichita home overnight.

According to police, police were called to a burglary in progress at a home in the 1800 block of S. Lexington at around 11:00 p.m. Monday.

When officers arrived, they found a 31-year-old man who says several people had come into the home, one of them pointed a gun at him, then tied him up.

He says a man then escorted Melissa Gifford and her three children out to a black Ford Expedition, which was parked in the driveway. He says they also stole electronics from the home and left the scene.

(Note: Eyewitness News has decided to, for the time being, remove the names and photos of the children involved in this case)

Police were able to identify the suspect as Roque Arellano, along with others. They were found at a hotel on W. Kellogg, where they were taken in for questioning.

Gifford and her three children were later found safe, also at a W. Wichita hotel (Police did not state whether it was the same hotel).

Police say the investigation is ongoing, but they do not believe Gifford was targeted at random.

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