Police arrest man who fled from officers and went into south Topeka Walmart store

A man who fled on foot from officers was taken into custody Wednesday morning outside the Walmart store at 1301 S.W. 37th in south Topeka.
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 12:02 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A man being sought in connection with a domestic incident that began several blocks away was taken into custody Wednesday morning outside a south Topeka business, police said.

Officials say Ta’Cory Nathaniel Lewis, 19, was booked into the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections around 10:40 a.m. for aggravated battery and interference with a law enforcement officer.

The incident started around 9 a.m. Wednesday near S.W. Croix and Tara, where police were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Topeka police Sgt. Josh Klamm said officers responding to that location attempted to speak to a man in connection with the incident.

However, Klamm said, the man, identified as Lewis, took off running and initiated a foot chase through the south Topeka neighborhood.

Klamm said that a short time later, Lewis was seen crossing S.W. 37th Street, about four blocks south of where the original incident was reported.

Klamm said Lewis then was seen entering the Walmart store at 1301 S.W. 37th.

Several other police units responded to the scene. They were stationed in the parking lot outside entrances and exits around the store.

Klamm said officers entered the Walmart store, where they located Lewis. However, Klamm said, he ran from officers again.

Lewis was taken into custody outside the grocery -- or east -- entrance on the north side of the Walmart store, Klamm said. After being arrested, he was taken to the Shawnee County Jail.

Officers remained on the scene until around 10:15 a.m.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

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