Sep 16, 2020 4:02 PM

SWAT standoff leads to arrest of Kan. rape suspect

Posted Sep 16, 2020 4:02 PM
Newborn -photo Sedgwick County
Newborn -photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating two cases of sexual assault and after a 7-hour standoff have a suspect in custody.

On August 29, Wichita police began a sexual assault and robbery investigation following an incident reported in the 6100 Block of East Boston, according to Captain Jason Stephens.

Two victims reported an attempted robbery at gunpoint. The female victims reported the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Patrick Newborn of Wichita, had committed a sexual assault against her one to two weeks earlier, according to Stephens.

On Sept. 13, police investigated another sexual assault involving a different victim at a residence in the 700 Block of South Pershing in Wichita. Investigators determined the cases were likely connected and later confirmed that.

Special Weapons and Tactics team on the scene of the 7-hour standoff and arrest late Tuesday -photo courtesy KWCH
Special Weapons and Tactics team on the scene of the 7-hour standoff and arrest late Tuesday -photo courtesy KWCH

On Tuesday police learned that Newborn was wanted on a felony warrant for being a parole absconder, according to Stephens. Officers located him Tuesday in 9100 Block of East Harry in Wichita. Upon confronting him, Newborn pulled a handgun and threatened the officers.

The officers retreated from the residence and called in the SWAT team. The SWAT team established a perimeter around the location and spent 7 hours communicating with Newborn.

Just after 1a.m. Wednesday, he gave himself up and was taken into custody without further incident, according to Stephens.

Newborn is being held on requested charges that include rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, criminal threat, aggravated residential robbery,  aggravated residential burglary, aggravated kidnapping, criminal possession of a firearm and a state parole violation, according to online booking records.

He has a previous conviction for Aggravated Indecent Liberties, Sex Intercourse with a victim under the age of 16, according to the Kansas Dept. of Corrections.

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SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a reported sexual assault of a 32-year-old woman at a home in Wichita.

At approximately 12:00 a.m., Saturday, police were dispatched to a burglary in progress call in the 700 block of South Pershing, according to officer Paul Cruz.

Upon their arrival, they contacted the 32-year-old female victim, who reported an unknown, armed male suspect entered her residence.

Once inside the suspect demanded money, sexually assaulted her, and left.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Also, inside the residence were two small children.