Jan 21, 2020 5:20 PM

Kan. church carjacking suspect caught; phone app found car

Posted Jan 21, 2020 5:20 PM
Ryan Dittmer
Ryan Dittmer

SEDGWICK COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating an aggravated robbery and have one suspect in custody.

Just after 10:30a.m. Sunday, police responded to report of a carjacking  at the Trinity Lutheran Church in the 600 Block of South Erie in Wichita, according to officer Charley Davidson.

A 53-year-old woman at the scene told police as she exited her vehicle for church, two suspects assaulted her and took her 2019 Ford Escape. EMS transported her to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Just before 10a.m. Monday, the victim contacted 911 to report she was tracking the stolen car's movement using a Ford app. Officers were able to track the vehicle to a Quick Trip in the 700 Block of North Broadway. They found 21-year-old Ryan Dittmer and an 18-year-old with the car and detained them without incident.

Police arrested Dittmer on a requested charge of aggravated robbery and an outstanding Kansas Department of Corrections Warrant, according to Davidson.  He has previous convictions for criminal possession of a weapon and theft, according to Davidson.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.

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Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.