Lawrence police believe recent robberies of two pizza delivery drivers have been solved, a spokesman said today.
Police Sgt. Rick Nickell said detectives acting on a tip identified eight Lawrence residents, ages 14 to 24, they believe were responsible for the crimes.
The first robberies occurred May 30, when a driver for Pizza Shuttle was knocked to the ground and beaten by at least four men while delivering a pie to a residence in the 1100 block of Connecticut. During the attack, police said, the man handed over his cash bag.
Early Wednesday, a driver for Domino's Pizza was robbed at gunpoint outside a residence in the 2500 block of Belle Crest.
Nickell said two teen-agers were in custody in connection with the robberies, and police were trying to round up the other six today.
A 19-year-old Lawrence man who police believe was the gunman in Wednesday's holdup was arrested late Thursday on a count of aggravated robbery. He remained in the Douglas County Jail today without bond.
Nickell said a juvenile who was detained earlier this week in an unrelated crime also had been connected to the robberies.
Nickell declined to reveal details about the tip that helped police identify the suspects.