Armed robbers held up the E-Z- Trip Convenience Store at First and Main, firing several shots while in the store. No one was injured.
"All are from Wichita. They have no Newton ties, as far as we know, and we have no idea why Newton or this convenience store were targets," said Erin McDaniel, public information officer for the city of Newton. "During the robbery, a handgun was brandished to the clerk, and an assault rifle fired approximately 25 rounds inside the store. An ATM was shot in excess of 10 times, and the ceiling and store merchandise were also hit. No shots were fired at the clerk."
Jeremiah Urias, 18, Rico Montes, 27, and Jorge Correa-Renteria, 25 of Wichita were arrested for the crime.
At 5:45 Tuesday, Newton Police responded to an armed robbery at E-Z Trip Convenience Store, 100 S. Main.
Two men had entered the store, armed with firearms. Multiple shots were fired in the store by at least one of the suspects.
Police have not released how much cash the men absconded with when they fled by car.
Officers used surveillance video to determine a suspect vehicle description with a tag number. That information was put out to surrounding counties and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
"The vehicle was not stolen. It belonged to a family member of the one of the suspects," McDaniel said. "The suspects are all believed to have been using drugs before the robbery."
About an hour later, Kansas Highway Patrol in Salina located the suspect vehicle and began a pursuit. The vehicle crashed in Salina near Salina South High School, and at least one suspect fled on foot.
This investigation is ongoing with the Newton Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol.
Kansas Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Ben Gardner, "Trooper Ben," posted on his Twitter account that shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, troopers attempted to stop a vehicle that crashed near Salina South High School on E. Magnolia Road. According to Gardner, multiple subjects were in the vehicle at the time of the crash and one male subject fled on foot from the scene, away from the school.
Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Gardner told his Twitter followers that law enforcement in Salina had located the man and placed him into custody. In a video posted to Twitter, Gardner thanked everyone involved in catching the suspect and letting citizens in the area know he had been caught.
"Many officers were in the area this morning trying to locate that outstanding individual that took off on foot," Gardner said. "Thank you to our troopers, certainly to Salina Police Department and Saline County Sheriff's Department all working together to investigate this event this morning and finding those involved."
Gardner also tweeted that the suspects were booked into county jail with pending charges.
At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, USD 305 sent a message to all district parents and guardians about the situation.
"Prior to school starting today, we were alerted about police activity in close proximity to South High School," the message said. "As a precaution, all exterior doors were monitored until the issue was resolved."
USD 305 said it worked closely with Salina Police to determine appropriate actions.
"We were prepared to use our notification system when we were informed the safety issue was resolved," the district said. "Our top priority is always for the safety of our students and staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your school office."
Gardner thanked Salina South staff for their role in being active and preventative with the situation.
"We all have common interests in keeping kids safe," Gardner tweeted.
In return, the district also thanked Gardner and other law enforcement.
"We appreciate our state and Salina local first responders who partner with us to keep safety first," the district said on it's Twitter account.
— The Salina Journal contributed to this report