Verbal threat spurs arrest

A man was arrested and charged with making a criminal threat after threatening to attack a Winfield restaurant on Friday morning.

Winfield police were called to Bleus Family Dining, 923 Main St., around 5:45 a.m. Friday after a man, identified as Delarick Evans, 43, entered the restaurant and threatened to shoot it up. Evans then left on a bicycle heading south, according to WPD Lt. Gay Bortz on Monday. 

A person inside the restaurant called police, but by the time they arrived, Evans was already gone. Bortz said no weapon was displayed during the incident.

With the help of detailed descriptions of Evans provided by witnesses, Cowley County sheriff’s deputies located the suspect near 202nd Road and U.S. Highway 77 a little after 6:30 a.m. Friday. No weapons were found on Evans when he was apprehended. 

Evans was arrested and transported to the Cowley Country Jail, where he was booked in on one felony count of making a criminal threat. Evans remains in jail, and his bond is set at $10,000.

With the recent mass shootings in the news, threats like the one made Friday are being taken seriously.

“Stuff like this is not being taken lightly,” said Bortz.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Evans was previously convicted on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under age 14 in Johnson County and two counts of battery against a corrections officer in Wyandotte County. He had just been discharged from KDOC custody on June 19, 2019.

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