An argument over the use of a restroom at a Lawrence bar led to an altercation that ended when a 20-year-old Topeka woman pulled a gun on three Lawrence women, police reported today.
Police reported that the Topeka woman was arrested at 3:25 a.m. today on an aggravated assault charge, alleging she pointed a small, silver handgun at the Lawrence women about 2:10 a.m. at 14th and Ohio.
Sgt. Mark Warren said that earlier in the morning, the three Lawrence women had been in a restroom at the Jayhawk Cafe, 1340 Ohio, when the Topeka woman tried to get in.
He said the Topeka woman began shouting through the door, saying she needed to use the restroom. Warren said the Lawrence women, who had locked the door, ignored her for about two minutes.
After the Lawrence women came out, Warren said, they exchanged words with the Topeka woman.
The women again exchanged words after leaving the bar, Warren said. During that argument, which occurred in a parking lot at 14th and Ohio, one of the Lawrence women shoved the Topeka woman to the ground, Warren said.
The Topeka woman, he said, got up and went to her car. When she came out of the car, she pointed a gun at the Lawrence women.
Warren said the Lawrence women left. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.
The Lawrence women called police and gave officers a description of the Topeka woman's car. Police stopped the car at 14th and Kentucky.
Warren said the arrested woman told officers she had emptied the gun before she pointed it at the Lawrence women. He said police found cartridges that would fit the gun in her car.
The Topeka woman was being held without bond today in the Douglas County Jail. Formal charges have not been filed.