Police: Robbery motive in murder of Wichita restaurant owner

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Monday 10:15 a.m.

Wichita Police release new information about the death of a well-known Wichita restaurant owner.

Police said Monday morning that Charles Giles was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds to his body in the driveway of his home late Friday.

Police believe he left his business, Neighbors Bar and Grill near 21st and Amidon, and arrived home. Police say a suspect or suspects approached him, fired several shots and stole money.

Investigators are still talking with people about what happened, but they believe robbery was the motive in the shooting. They do not know if he was followed home from the business.

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Family, friends and patrons are mourning the loss of a north Wichita restaurant owner.

They confirm 55-year-old Chuck Giles, the owner of Neighbors Bar and Grill for over a decade, was shot and killed outside his home Friday night.

Shortly after 10 p.m., officers were called to the 2100 block of W. Columbine, near 25th and Amidon, for a shooting. They found Giles with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Those close to Giles say he had just gotten home from work when he was robbed and shot in his own driveway. They believe he was possibly followed home that night.

"I know that he worked a lot and he worked late, and occasionally carried a lot of money on him from the restaurant and I think maybe somebody would have seen that and tried to take advantage of that," Joe Stumpe said. "It is a tragedy because the truth is if somebody came to him for help, he would have helped him. He would have either given them a job or even a hand out if they just asked them, instead of doing this."

Suzi Lenker and her friends have enjoyed steak night at Neighbors every Tuesday for the past five years. She says things won't be the same without Chuck.

"That's a huge effort to breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. So, I hope that they are successful and can go on without Chuck, but always in his memory I'm sure," she says.

Jim, another "Neighbors" customer, has been coming to the restaurant for 10 years. He says his wife told him about the flowers by the door so he wanted to stop by. He says it would be a huge loss for the community if the restaurant stays closed.

"This is just the kind of stuff that you can't afford to lose because it just of takes away from where you live," he says.

Police have not confirmed these details but said this was not a random incident.

No word yet on arrests. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the police.

An open house will be held on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. at Neighbors for those who want to come and share Giles' memory.