Hutchinson Police with the assistance of the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, state parole and even US Marshals managed to get a man into custody after a standoff that started around 11 a-m and ended just after 8:30 p-m.
He was identified as 30-year-old Justin Wolke of Wichita who absconded from parole for convictions of three counts of aggravated assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was apparently spotted by an officer with the state parole office while doing surveillance looking for Wolke. He attempted to stop the vehicle Wolke was in leading to a brief chase, and Wolke then allegedly baled from the vehicle and ran away on foot. He later returned to the home at 806 North Monroe. Parole officers were allowed into the home by those renting the home to search for Wolke and then got word that he was in the basement and may be armed. They then backed off, and police were called in.
Police did loose contact with him for some time when he became uncooperative, but eventually they regained contact using a throw phone in and he they were then able to regain contact. They were able to convince him to give up and was taken into custody without incident.
He did have a weapon in the basement with him, but when speaking with the media, Police Captain Troy Hoover wasn’t sure what the weapon was.
He at this point was arrested on the parole violation with other charges still being considered.
Law Enforcement had Monroe closed from 7th to 9th, and 8th street was closed from Jackson to Madison. They also had Madison closed from 7th to 8th, during the standoff..
Allen Magnet School was in lock down for awhile Wednesday afternoon, but they eventually let the kids go home as normal.
Wolke has a long list of criminal convictions. In addition to the ones mentioned, he has convictions for criminal damage to property, criminal deprivation of property, two counts of domestic battery, flee and elude, DUI, criminal possession of a firearm and endangering a child. All of theses convictions were from Sedgwick County.