Suspect, victim in Topeka home invasion, standoff identified

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka police have released the names of the victim who is fighting for his life after a home invasion Sunday night as well as the suspect who was taken into custody after long standoff.

According to police, officers responded to a disturbance call around 8 p.m. in the 100 block of NE Highway 24. When they arrived, they discovered evidence of a home invasion and found the victim Allen Wichman. The 66 year-old man was suffering from life-threatening injuries and taken to a local hospital.

At the time, authorities said they were searching for a shorter white man, who was in his 30s and had short, dark hair, in connection with the incident.

Early Monday, officers were involved in a standoff, in the 1000 block of Van Buren, that they said was linked to the break-in. After around 4-hours, just before 7 a.m., the suspect surrendered to police.

He has since been identified as Howard Dale Burchfiel. Police say he was arrested for aggravated battery and aggravated burglary. He also faces a weapons count from a previous incident.

The investigation into the home invasion is still ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Topeka Police Dept. at 785-368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.