According to the Great Bend Police Department, on Saturday at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers with the Police Department were dispatched to the 2200 Block of 18th Street in reference to an aggravated assault. Upon officer’s arrival on scene, it was discovered that the reporting party had just had a homemade explosive device thrown at him, which did not explode. The officers then began to interview the victim, as well as several witnesses, and the name and location of the suspect were discovered. 31-year-old suspect Jose Torres was located at the Highland Hotel in a room rented under another name, and was subsequently taken into custody, and two other devices were located in his room.
The Wichita Police Department Bomb Squad and ATF were contacted, and the hotel room was secured until the teams arrived to remove the devices and make them and the area safe. The case is still under investigation, and Lieutenant William Browne with GBPD is asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300. The Great Bend Fire Department and Kansas Highway Patrol also assisted at the scene.