Authorities say they have identified a suspect in the abduction last week of a convenience store worker from the Wichita area.


Authorities say they have identified a suspect in the abduction last week of a convenience store worker from the Wichita area.

The suspect is identified as 39-year-old Robert D. Abner of Wichita. The victim said the abductor had an apparent change of heart after the Monday incident and dropped her off at her pastor’s house late Thursday.

Sedgwick County Undersheriff Bob Hinshaw told reporters Sunday that a “pickup order” and law enforcement alert have been issued for Abner. Hinshaw said Abner “should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Abner is described as about 6 feet tall and 300 pounds. He is accused of robbing the Viola-area store where 48-year-old Joyce Patterson worked, blindfolding the woman and forcing her to ride on the floor of the getaway car. Patterson was taken to an unknown home, kept there and tied up at times.

Officials said Patterson had minor injuries but was in good physical condition.