Person of interest arrested in connection with robbery/arson in Sumner County

SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. Update Friday, July 27

The Sumner County Sheriff's Office says it's arrested a person of interest in connection with an aggravated robbery/arson call that happened July 10 south of Mayfield.

Investigators say a homeowner arrived home to find a man robbing him.

"The victim was taken inside the house at one time, so I do believe he was face to face," said Sumner County Sheriff's Captain Mike Westmoreland.

The Sheriff's Office says the homeowner escaped to a neighbor's house and called 911.That's when investigators say, the suspect set fire to the house.

The sheriff's office says the person of interest in this case is held at the Sumner County Jail on charges stemming from a case in Barber County.

Eyewitness News is trying to confirm if the Barber County case is another home invasion that occurred last weekend near Medicine Lodge. In that case, deputies arrested Ora Munger, held at the Sumner County Jail on several charges including attempted first-degree murder.

July 12

The Sumner County Sheriff's Office is following up on leads, but some people in the Mayfield area are on edge knowing a man they're saying is armed and dangerous has not been caught.

Leander Greene is friends with the homeowner and says it's not something you normally see near the small city of Mayfield.

"It's pretty sad it happened to such a great family," said Greene.

Tuesday afternoon, The Sheriff's Office says the homeowner came home to find a man robbing him.

"The victim was taken inside the house at one time, so I do believe he was face to face," said Captain Mike Westmoreland.

The Sheriff's Office says the homeowner escaped to a neighbor's house and called 911.

Deputies arrived and found a fire, they now say is being called arson.

"The house was set on fire, and the vehicle behind the shed, and it was also set on fire," said Westmoreland.

He says the suspect is armed, dangerous, and deputies continue to look for him.

"Being a home invasion, this person stepped up the level of the intrusion by setting the house and vehicle on fire," said Westmoreland. "Usually, we just get the calls to work a burglary. This time he stepped it up a level."

He says burglaries have been up in the county.

"In 2016 we worked 54, 2017, 78 and this year so far we’ve worked 43, so we’ll probably pass that number we did in 17, so they are going up," said Westmoreland.

"It’s kind of unnerving a little bit, but be prepared and knowing what to do in that scenario is always helpful," said Greene.

Officers in Sumner County are searching for a suspect accused of burglarizing a home while he was armed.

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Tuesday, July 10

At about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sumner County deputies responded to a burglary call in the 400 block of South Mayfield Road near Wellington. Information relayed to dispatch was that a subject was inside the house with a gun.

A man at the home was able to leave and run to a neighbor's house from which he reported seeing smoke coming from the burglarized home.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a vehicle on fire behind a shed and smoke coming from the house. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze and deputies, with assistance from the Kansas Highway Patrol, searched the area, but did not find the suspected burglar.

The suspect is described as a 35 to 40-year-old man standing about six feet tall and weighing 230 to 250 pounds. The suspect is described as having short, sandy brown hair and was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, tan pants and black boots. He also has a tattoo on his right arm, the suspect description says.

The Sumner County Sheriff's Office asks anyone who may see the suspect or has information about the reported burglary should call 911.