WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department credits anonymous tips made through Crime Stoppers for leading them to making arrests in a recent pair of high-profile cases.
The police department implemented the Crime Stoppers program in 1980. Since then, the department says anonymous tips have led to at least 3,600 arrests.
The first case where an anonymous tip made a difference for police helped lead to an arrest in a Sept. 23 random attack in northeast Wichita where police say 30-year-old Wade Dunn stabbed a 28-year-old woman multiple times.
Dunn's arrest on Sept. 28 came within 24 hours of of police receiving the anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.
Officer Kevin Wheeler says getting anonymous tips is very common and has been very successful in solving cases.
"Every month we do present tips that have led to arrests to our Crime Stopper Advisory Committee and that number can average between 5 to 15 every month," said Wheeler. "Those are for felony arrests so these are just two high profile cases we have that happened. Our goal is to continue to make our community aware of the success of this program."
In connection with a Sept. 29 deadly shooting outside a bar in southeast Wichita, police initially identified 42-year-old David Pressley as a person of interest in this case before accumulating enough evidence to arrest him.
They say an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip helped lead officers to Pressley's location and on Oct. 5, they arrested him without incident. Pressley faces a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting that killed Damario Cooks.
“Time and time again, we have experienced great success in helping solve crime when we work together as stakeholders in the Crime Stoppers program,” says Crime Stoppers Chair Stacey Kluge. “These were both tragic incidents, and we are grateful for our citizens and media who both helped WPD make arrests in these cases.”
To potentially earn an award for providing a tip leading to an arrest in a local case, you can call the Crime Stoppers of Wichita-Sedgwick County hotline at 316-267-2111, submit a tip by downloading the free P3 app, or online at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers website.