A man and a woman fighting with each other drew the attention of Wichita police this week, who arrested them after seeing they fit the description of a couple who attacked and robbed a 79-year-old man just an hour earlier.
Terry Ross, 25, and Kelly Baalmann, 33, were charged today with aggravated robbery.
The older man who lived in th 200 block of South Chautauqua called police to report being robbed just before 8:30 Wednesday morning. Detective Ken Davis said in his report that the man told police he answered a knock on his door to find a woman standing with a towel wrapped around her head, claiming to be involved in an accident. As he opened the door, another man pushed his way into the home and began beating the resident. The couple took $100 out of the man’s pocket and fled. A neighbor upstairs heard the commotion and saw the couple leave in a green truck.
About an hour later, police received a call of a couple fighting in a green truck in the 6300 block of Eilerts, less than 3 miles from the reported robbery. Police found Baalmann with a swollen eye and scratches on her face and arms. Ross had scratches on his face and neck, police said. Officer Valerie Shirkey said she asked Baalman how she’d gotten hurt. Baalman replied “gymnastics injuries.”
Judge Eric Yost scheduled the couple for a preliminary hearing Sept. 9. Yost set Baalmann’s bond at $75,000 bond and $100,000 for Ross.