UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. - Around 4:20 a.m., 911 received a report from a 51-year-old Winfield man who said he had been robbed at gunpoint in the 300 block of Williams in Rock.
Two suspects, one of whom had a blue steel revolver, ordered the man to lie on the ground. They took his wallet and left the area eastbound in a red, sporty-type vehicle.
That vehicle later became stuck in a ditch when the suspects stopped in the roadway and attempted to back up. Around that same time, a white four-door sedan stopped near the red sporty car and then continue eastbound on 32nd Rd.
It is unclear whether the white car picked up the suspects or if they fled on foot, Cowley County Sheriff Don Read said.
The victim described the two suspects as follows. The passenger was a white male, 6 feet-to-6 feet-five inches tall, wearing a plaid flannel jacket or coat and blue jeans. The driver was a white male also, wearing blue jeans, a dark colored jacket and much shorter than the passenger, 5-feet-4 to 5-feet-6 inches tall. Both were described as in the early 20’s.
The two suspects and white four door sedan remain at large.
Sheriff Don Read has released a statement for the press regarding two incidents that occurred Wednesday morning in Cowley County.
Further investigation, he said, led authorities to the conclusion that an incident involving a stolen car recovered north of Winfield and an armed robbery in Rock, are not related.
UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. - Authorities are looking for two white males said to have robbed a paper-delivery man at gunpoint early this morning, Sheriff Don Read said.
The suspects are said to be in their early 20s. One was wearing a black jacket, the other was in a brown flannel jacket.
Both were wearing blue jeans and one suspect had on a dark colored ball cap, the other a dark knit stocking cap. The robbery victim described one of the men as being six feet tall or taller and the other man was 5 feet 4 inches tall.
They approached the delivery man with the gun and robbed him, Read said.
They previously had stolen a vehicle that was later found stuck in a ditch near Rock. It is unclear whether the suspects got a ride away from the scene or fled from the stranded vehicle on foot.
Authorities also have recovered a stolen vehicle north of Winfield early this morning. It is unclear whether that case is connected with the armed robbery probe.
Cowley County Sheriff’s officers are currently investigating an armed robbery said to have occurred near Rock early Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Don Read, who spoke briefly with NewsCow around 6:30 a.m., said the investigation was just beginning and few details were available. Shortly after the robbery was reported, authorities responded to a report of suspicious activity north of Winfield.
Two people were taken into custody in connection with that incident and were found to be in possession of at least one stolen vehicle.
At this point, authorities could not say if the robbery and the stolen vehicle investigations are connected. Tracking teams have been called into assist.
NewsCow and KSOK Radio will provide you with more information as it becomes available.