A search that began northeast of Rock early Monday, ended later in the day when two suspects were taken into custody near a Winfield fastfood restaurant.
Authorities were alerted to the men’s location when someone stopped to tell a Cowley County Sheriff deputy that they’d given two men a ride into town. The men had been dropped off at Braum’s.
“They knew we were looking for two people east of Rock and had picked these guys up near Rock,” Sheriff Don Read said.
Deputies arrived at the restaurant and were told the men entered in one side of the restaurant and quickly left out the other. The suspects were located and a brief foot chase ensued, before both were arrested.
Both men are considered suspects in an aggravated robbery in Sedgwick County. They were said to have threatened to produce a gun as they robbed a person.
Read said at least one of the men was in possession of physical evidence linking him to the Sedgwick crime. The two men were pursued to Cowley County and entered a cornfield on foot after their vehicle was disabled around 6 a.m.
The cornfield was located on 111th Rd. just north of 22nd Rd. northeast of Rock.
So far no formal charges have been filed in regard to the robbery investigation. One man is being held on a warrant from Johnson County and the other is being held on an obstruction charge.
The are both inmates at the Cowley County Jail. Their names have not been made public so far.
This incident and manhunt were not related to the search for a shooting suspect in Butler County.