Oct 12, 2021

Kidnapping suspect who fled court appearance is in custody

Posted Oct 12, 2021 4:59 PM
Harris from an earlier arrest in Butler Co.
Harris from an earlier arrest in Butler Co.

HARVEY COUNTY —A Kansas kidnapping suspect who ran from a court appearance last week is back in custody, according to the Harvey County Sheriff's Office.

On Thursday, 47-year-old Joshua Harris of Wichita appeared in court at the Harvey County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on a felony drug charge. Separately, Harris was wanted on a Harvey County warrant for aggravated kidnapping. A Harvey County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to detain Harris on the warrant. Harris evaded the deputy and ran from the courthouse. Harris was able to get into his vehicle and flee the area.  Traffic near the courthouse prevented deputies from reaching Harris' vehicle before he drove away.

Just after 4:15 p.m. Monday, local law enforcement were notified Harris had been seen at a convenience store in the 3500 block of S. Duncan Street in Newton. As law enforcement arrived at the location, Harris fled in his vehicle.

Harris was pursued by law enforcement as he drove south into Sedgwick County. He later exited his vehicle and continued to run away from law enforcement.

Law enforcement utilized a drone and a K-9 unit to help locate him. Harris was found by drone footage attempting to hide in the yard of a residence in the 8100 block of N. Hillside Street in Valley Center. Just after 5 p.m. Monday, Harris turned himself over to law enforcement when the K-9 unit began to be deployed.

Harris ph0to Harvey County
Harris ph0to Harvey County

Harris is being held without bond in the Harvey County Detention Center on requested charges of aggravated kidnapping, failure to appear, possession of opiates, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.