Mar 02, 2024

Prison time for Kansas carjacking with kids in the vehicle

Posted Mar 02, 2024 2:00 AM
Kirkhart-photo Sedgwick Co.
Kirkhart-photo Sedgwick Co.

SEDGWICK COUNTY —A Kansas man has been sentenced to prison for stealing a car with two children inside.

On Monday, a Sedgwick County judge sentenced 32-year-old Tyler Kirkhart to just more than seven years in prison for aggravated child endangerment and theft, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

In November of 2022, police were dispatched to an abduction in the 1000 block of West 31st St South in Wichita, according to Officer Chad Ditch.

When police arrived on the scene, they learned a suspect later identified as Tyler Kirkhart, a man with nearly two dozen convictions over the past ten years, stole a white 2015 Chevy Cruz from a 26-year-old woman.

The woman's 3-year-old daughter and infant son were in car seats in the back when the vehicle was stolen.

The woman was attempting to air up her tires when Kirkhart offered to help. He then got into the vehicle and left the area traveling southbound.

Officers from all over the city began looking for the vehicle. A short time later officers located the vehicle abandoned in the 3500 block of South St. Francis. The children were located inside the vehicle and unharmed.

Officers continued to work to identify the Kirkhart. Information was shared through all media outlets as well as the department to locate him.

Within a few hours, officers located Kirkhart in the 700 block of West Lockwood and took him into custody.

Kirkhart has previous convictions for theft, burglary, aggravated weapons violations, criminal damage to property, aggravated escape and for drugs. He has been in an out of jail since 2011.