MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County investigators say they’ve identified the suspect in a home invasion at a Manhattan apartment complex that left a Kansas State University student recovering from a gunshot wound.
Officers were called to the Chase Manhattan Apartments at the corner of Claflin Road and College Avenue on October 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM. Officials say Chase Cargile, 20, was shot once in the torso during a robbery at his apartment.
When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that a suspect disguised in a black mask and hoodie had fled the area.
Cargile was transported by Riley County Ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was stabilized and then transported by Life Flight to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. Sources say he was released from the hospital several days later and is recuperating at his family’s home in Sedgwick, Kansas.
According to Kansas State University’s website, Cargile is a sophomore studying journalism and mass communications.
Captain Jeff Hooper, who oversees the Riley County Police Department's Investigations Division, tells WIBW that the RCPD has sent the case to the Riley County Attorney’s Office and has requested a warrant for the suspect's arrest. The suspect has not yet been named.
According to Hooper, there were "multiple people" inside the apartment with Cargile at the time of the home invasion and there was a physical altercation or struggle of some sort with the gunman, leaving several others with minor injuries. Hooper, however, declined to reveal how the robbery and shooting played out inside the apartment. He also declined to say if anything was taken during the incident or why that specific apartment was targeted in the complex.
Hooper does not believe the home invasion at the Chase Manhattan Apartments is related to an incident at the Jardine Apartments, located on Hillcrest Drive on K-State's campus, which occurred back in February when three men stormed into a unit and robbed several victims at gunpoint.
Three men dressed in black wearing ski masks forced their way into an apartment, according to police. It was reported that at least two of men were armed with handguns- one of which was used to strike one of the victims. Police said there were four victims in the apartment at the time of the home invasion. According to officials, there was a knock on the apartment door and when one of the victims went to open it, the armed suspects burst in and robbed them. None of the victims were seriously injured. Captain Don Stubbings with the Kansas State University Police Department tells WIBW the armed robbery is still under investigation.