An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday night after he allegedly snatched a purse from a 37-year-old Lawrence woman who was walking with her two young daughters into the J.C. Penney's store, 1801 W. 23rd. According to Lawrence police reports, the woman was walking on the sidewalk toward the north entrance of the store shortly after 8 p.m. when the man pushed her to the ground and grabbed her purse. The woman reportedly stood up and she, along with a witness chased the suspect. They did not catch up with the man, but another witness told officers the suspect looked familiar and gave the police a name and address where they might find him. Police found the man and the woman's purse in an apartment at Southridge Plaza, 1722 W. 24th. The suspect is being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail. He also is being held in connection with a second case of purse snaching that occurred in the store's parking lot Wednesday, according to police spokesman Sgt. Mack Pryor.
Ryan L. Garrison, 19, 1327 Covington Ct., remained in fair condition saturday morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he is being treated for a closed head injury. Garrison, a KU freshman, was injured Jan. 9 in a one-car accident on the KU campus.
Responded to a false alarm at 1:15 a.m. Saturday at the Delta Delta Delta sorority house, 1630 Oxford Rd.
Criminal charges filed
Bernard Brown, 49, Topeka, was charged Friday with a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of theft. The charges stem from two incidents at Dillon's, 1015 W. 23rd, Thursday night. According to Lawrence police reports, Brown took ten cartons of cigarrettes from Dillon's, 1015 W. 23rd. A Dillon's employee saw the theft and followed the man out to his car. When the Dillon's employee asked the man to return to the store, the man got in his car and backed out of the stall quickly, nearly hitting the store employee. The store employee called police and officers arrested Brown at Sixth and Wakarusa. A preliminary hearing has been set for next Thursday. Brown remained in the Douglas County Jail this morining in lieu of $1,000 bond.
Clayton B. Wilson, 21, 221 Yorkshire, was charged Friday with a felony count of criminal damage to property. The charge stems from a Thursday afternoon car accident on Ninth and Kentucky. Details about the accident were not available, but Wilson collided with another car about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Shortly after the accident Wilson and the owner of the other car began to argue. Wilson reportedly got back in his car, put it in reverse and rammed the Lawrence man's car. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 10. Wilson was released on his own recognizance under the conditions not to have any contact with the witnesses at the accident or the alleged victim.
A Wichita woman was arrested this week and charged with two felony counts of forgery. The charges stem from purchases Dianne Estes, 36, Wichita, allegedly made at Lawrences businesses, including a check she made out for $5,100 at Kansas Furniture Factory Outlet, 738 E. New Hampshire on Jan. 25. According reports, Estes used a Wichita license that had been reported lost to cash a check that belongs to a defunct business in Wichita. Estes was arrested Jan. 26 along with a 25-year-old Wichita man with whom she was staying at a Lawrence hotel in connection with the forgery charges. Police seized items from the couple, mostly clothing, valued on the police report at $5,000, that may have been purchased with forged checks at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. Estes was formally charged this week and was released from the Douglas County Jail Tuesday on $5,000 bond. The Wichita man was released Monday on $3,000 bond is to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Criminal case proceedings
Glen R. Brunner, 25, Rt. 1, will be arraigned and a date will be set for his trial Feb. 14. Brunner was bound over for trial in December on felony charges of criminal damage to property and obstruction of the legal process. Three felony counts of aggravated assault were added to the complaint after Judge James Paddock voided similar charges on the grounds they were improperly worded. The charges stem from a Nov. 30 incident when Brunner reportedly shot out several windows in a residence about five miles southeast of Lawrence.