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School grabbing suspect arrested after McConnell crash

September 11, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who is suspected of trying to grab children at a Wichita-area elementary school playground before stealing a pickup truck from McConnell Air Force Base and slamming it into a gate.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Tyler DeBarea ran Tuesday after hitting barricades made of concrete-filled pipes at the base. Deputies later found him and took him into custody. He has been booked into jail on suspicion of kidnapping, battery and criminal threat.

After the arrest, deputies returned to Wineteer Elementary, where they found five 7- or 8-year-olds who said DeBarea either swatted them on the arm or tried to grab their shirt.

A spokesman for the Derby school district says staff was able to scare him away and move students inside.

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