Wichita police investigate possible assault of homeless man captured on camera

Published: Feb. 18, 2020 at 11:34 AM CST
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Wichita police say they're investigating an incident that occurred downtown near the Keeper of the Plains.

Paola Lopez shared the video to her Facebook page early Tuesday morning showing people throwing things at a homeless man.

Lopez said the man was "minding his own business" when he was assaulted by what she called a group of teenagers. She also shared the names and Facebook pages of the teens she believed to be involved.

Eyewitness News talked to the man who says he's okay.

Doug Nolte is the CEO at Union Rescue Mission, a Wichita organization that provides food and shelter to the homeless. He says things like this happen more than we realize.

"This is a situation that got caught on tape and someone can actually see what happened," says Nolte.

He says the real challenge getting help to the homeless, but he says the community can help.

"If you see someone in need the best thing you can do is make sure you say something to someone and ultimately, they're going to have to be accepting of it, but that can help a lot in recognizing the need and helping out," he says.

If you know anything about this incident or the people involved, you can call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or the See Something Say Something Hotline at 316-519-2282.

How sad ... throwing things at a homeless man :(

Posted by Paola Lopez on Monday, February 17, 2020