A 44-year-old man was in custody today in connection with an attempted robbery Thursday evening at a Lawrence grocery store.
The man, of rural Perry, was arrested about 7:50 p.m. Thursday after police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at Checkers Foods, 2300 La.
Police Lt. Ed Brunt said a cashier told officers that the man had come to her checkout stand about 7:25 p.m. and placed several pieces of candy on the counter. The man, who was accompanied by another man, then ordered the cashier to ``Give me all your ... money.''
The cashier called out to a manager, Brunt said, and the men got nervous and left the store empty-handed.
Brunt said a witness saw the two get into a car and wrote down the vehicle's tag number. The witness gave the number to Lawrence police, who broadcast a request to area law enforcement agencies to help locate the car.
At 7:47 p.m., Brunt said, city officers learned that Kansas University police had stopped the car at Iowa and Harvard.
Brunt said three men, including the two who had been seen leaving Checkers, were ordered out of the car. The 44-year-old man was the only one arrested.
``The other two basically had no involvement,'' Brunt said.
The man was being held without bond today.