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Man arrested for kicking toddler during racist rant back in jail

Published: Jan. 3, 2019 at 11:44 AM CST
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A man accused of kicking a toddler at a Wichita grocery store and going on a racist rant last month is back in jail.

Trace Riff was booked into the Sedgwick County Detention Facility for possession of methamphetamine around 4 a.m. on Thursday. Police say Riff was located inside of a vacant apartment after a neighbor reported a door being forced open.

Riff was out on bond after he was arrested on Dec. 23 for kicking a one-year-old boy at the Hillside and Douglas Dillons and yelling obscenities and racial slurs.

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Riff has been in and out of jail for years, but more than a decade ago, he was a rising supermodel working alongside the best in the business.

A Google search for Trace Riff turns up dozens of modeling images from the early 2000s including one from a 2005 issue of Harper's Bazaar where he's seen standing next to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. We found a copy at the Wichita Public Library.

"Before I knew it, he was in Dolce and Gabbana, Abercrombie and Fitch Catalogues going to Milan and Ibiza, Spain," said Riff's brother, Jeremy Seven. "He called me and he said that Gisele asked for his number and he was so nervous he didn't know what to do."

Seven said he was jealous of his brother growing up, now he fears Riff is beyond the point of getting help. He said modeling eventually led Riff down a dangerous path of drug addiction. He said his brother also suffers from mental health issues and has a family history of a condition called Huntington's disease which causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

"I'm pretty sure his drug use accelerated the process. He became increasingly incoherent and just every time we saw him he just stopped making sense," said Seven.

Riff has an extensive criminal history in Oklahoma and Kansas mostly for drugs. His brother said while he knows he has done some crazy things, but he does not believe he's racist.

"I do believe it had more to do with his mental state, and drug use than it did an actual racial thing," said Seven. "I would like to pray that a miracle could happen, but I don't think that he can."

Wichita police say they presented the case against Riff to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday. The district attorney's office says it is still reviewing the case.