Military personnel stop teen trying to steal Humvee from armory, Hutchinson police say

John Green
The Hutchinson News
Hutchinson National Guard Armory

Police say a Nickerson teen already in legal trouble for making threats against law enforcement attempted to steal a military Humvee from the National Guard Armory in Hutchinson this week and allegedly swung a hatchet at an armory staff member who tried to stop him.

The Hutchinson school district's Transitional Learning Center reported the 16-year-old as a runaway Wednesday morning.

Officers in the area who were searching for him were then were called to the Armory at 1111 N. Severance St., where Armory staff were holding the teen.

“Officers determined that the 16-year-old jumped a fence and then attempted to gain entry into several vehicles,” said Hutchinson Police Lt. Dustin Loepp.

The teen broke into at least three Humvees. The first, he was unable to start. The second he started but couldn’t get it to move, Loepp said.

The third he was able to move, but quickly discovered he couldn't drive it because the steering wheel was locked.

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The vehicle's valued topped $100,000, according to the charging complaint.

“Once it started moving, military personnel ran out and opened the (Humvee) door,” Loepp said. “He (the teen) used an ax he’d taken from the second Humvee and attempted to hit one of the armory employees with it. He missed. The other military employee was able to draw his service weapon and the juvenile became compliant until officers arrived.”

Prosecutors charged the teen in Reno County District Court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony theft and criminal trespass. He remains in juvenile detention. Detention and pretrial hearings are set for Oct. 18.

Court records show juvenile prosecutors charged the teen in mid-August with aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

The records indicate the charges stemmed from an Aug. 12 incident in Nickerson, but additional details were not immediately available.

He was held in detention for about 10 days and then released to an out-of-home placement. The court also ordered a mental competency evaluation.

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This is a photo of a military Humvee, the type of vehicle a Nickerson teen is accused of attempting to steal from the local National Guard Armory.