Man accused in Wichita restaurant shooting bound over for trial

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - UPDATE Sept. 27

The man accused of shooting a Wichita restaurant owner in June appeared in court Wednesday on new charges. Reginald Kane is set to go to trial Oct. 30.

Police say Kane was trying to rob Ruben's Mexican Grill in Wichita's Delano District June 9 when he shot the owner, Ruben Acosta.

Acosta was able to return fire and wound the suspect.

Kane is charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery, burglary and assault.


UPDATE Wednesday, June 14:

Wichita police say they've made an arrest in connection to a shooting Friday (June 9) at Ruben's Mexican Grill in Wichita's Delano neighborhood. Police say Reginald Antwain Kane was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Monday evening on charges including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm.

Kane, 26, is held on $150,000 bond.

The 58-year-old employee shot in the incident remains in critical condition, police say.


UPDATE Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m.

Wichita Police say a 58-year-old restaurant owner was able to return fire after being critically shot by a suspect who was attempting to rob Ruben's Mexican Restaurant.

The shooting happened around 10:00 p.m. Friday night in the 900 block of W Douglas, near Seneca. Police say a man entered the restaurant and demanded money.

There were several other employees in the business at the time who say the suspect then shot the 58-year-old owner while he was taking out the trash.

The victim of the robbery was transported to an area hospital and upon last update was critical, but stable.

The suspect fled the scene; but, a short time later, officers were dispatched on a report of a shooting in the 1000 block of E 8th St. N. There, police located a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound; that man matched the suspect description from Ruben's Mexican Restaurant.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital and upon last update was serious, but stable. The suspect will be interviewed and booked upon release from the hospital.

The victim's neighbors, Ruth and John Lundblade said they can't believe this happened to someone they know.

"They've been the best neighbors to us," said John. "When we moved here 12 years ago, they were friendliest with us. They looked after us when I had a heart attack. They came over and visited with us."

John said the community can help my keeping the victim in their prayers.


Friday, June 9

One person is critically hurt in a shooting near downtown Wichita.

Sedgwick County dispatchers say this happened near Douglas and Seneca after 10 p.m. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Eyewitness News has a crew on the way to the scene. We will update this story as soon as we learn any details.