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Police standoff leads to 2 arrests Monday

3/18/2014

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

and ELIZABETH GOLDEN

Hays Daily News

Two Wichita residents were taken into custody early Monday morning in connection with an alleged carjacking in the Wichita area, according to a statement from Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler.

Both Crystal R. McKinney and Michael E. Novak remain in the Ellis County Jail following their arrest.

They were arrested after Hays Police called its Special Situation Response Team to the report of Novak being barricaded in a house in the 2100 block of Lincoln Draw.

McKinney was arrested early in the standoff on charges of felony obstruction, obstruction and driving while revoked.

The 32-year-old Novak, however, refused to come out of the house despite calls to do so. He was being sought in connection with a $100,000 arrest warrant out of Sedgwick County.

Members of the SSRT entered the house at 9:37 a.m., and found Novak hiding in an upstairs bedroom, where he was arrested on the felony warrant and felony obstruction.

Police initially were called to the residence while investigating the report of a stolen vehicle.

Scheibler said the property owner indicated the person they were looking for was inside.

Neighbors said they saw police vehicles enter the area at approximately 5 a.m., said Joe Dolezal, whose son lives next door.

Dolezal had been following the situation since shortly after police arrived, and said the stolen vehicle was towed earlier.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Ellis County Sheriff's office assisted with incident.