Separate incidents Thursday night involving gunshots and an armed robbery result in the apprehension of three suspects but no injuries.
Criminal charges were filed Friday in Douglas County District Court against three Lawrence residents who were arrested in connection with a mini-crime spree Thursday night.
Chester W. Brockman Jr., 23, 1045 East 23rd, and Nicholas R. Midgyette, 17, Kansas City, Kan., were each charged with single counts of aggravated robbery and felony theft. A 16-year-old Lawrence boy was named in a juvenile offender complaint that was filed late Friday afternoon in the juvenile division of the court. That complaint contained the juvenile equivalent of the adult charges of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery.
Bond for Brockman and Midgyette was set at $55,000 cash or surety each. Both are to appear back in court Oct. 4 for a preliminary hearing. The 16-year-old was being detained in the Northeast Regional Juvenile Detention Center pending a detention hearing Monday morning.
Police Sgt. Rick Nickell said the crime wave began about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when one of the men allegedly fired five gunshots from a .25-caliber handgun at a moving car near the intersection of Winterbrook and Brush Creek.
A police report indicates that incident began when the suspects allegedly began following the victim's vehicle. The report indicates that a male passenger in the vehicle got out of the vehicle at the intersection and asked the suspects why they were following him. At that point, according to Nickell, the man heard a click that he thought was a gun. He then returned to his vehicle and drove off. The shots were fired as the car was driving away, Nickell said.
Police found two shell casings from a .25-caliber handgun at the intersection.
Less than 10 minutes after that incident, a 17-year-old Douglas County youth was robbed at gunpoint after his car was forced into a business parking lot in the 2200 block of Louisiana.
That victim told police that a car drove up behind him as he was heading south on Louisiana, came up beside him and forced him into the parking lot. He said the driver of the car then jumped into the passenger seat of his car, put a handgun to his head and stole car stereo equipment valued at $1,305.
Nickell said that at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the Sonic Drive In, 1015 E. 23rd, to investigate three subjects who reportedly were acting suspicious near the business.
When officers arrived, they located the suspects and found a .25-caliber handgun in the car the men were driving. They also discovered that the vehicle, a 1986 Honda Accord valued at $4,500, had been stolen between Monday and Thursday from Ellena Honda, 2957 Four Wheel Drive.