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SUSPECT IN ROBBERIES HAS RUN-IN WITH LAW

May 2, 1998

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The suspect, trying to flee police on foot, was captured when he ran into a police car and injured his leg.

A Lawrence man who spent time in prison for a 1991 crime spree faces charges in a recent spate of robberies.

William D. Norris, 45, was arrested Friday, hours after allegedly robbing the Bismarck Inn of Lawrence, 1130 N. Third. Police also linked him to an April 23 robbery at Hampton Inn, 2300 W. Sixth, and an attempted robbery earlier this week at a Kwik Shop.

Norris was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital Friday morning after running into a patrol car that was participating in a chase that followed the Bismarck Inn robbery.

Sgt. George Wheeler said Norris jumped from his blue Toyota station wagon in the 3400 block of Westridge while police were closing in, and ran into the car.

Neither hospital nor Douglas County Jail officials identified what Norris' injuries were, but Wheeler said preliminary reports indicated Norris sustained some type of leg injury.

``He might have broken his leg,'' Wheeler said.

Norris on Friday night remained in the Douglas County Jail; no bond has been set in his case.

He was arrested for robbery, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, fleeing and eluding police, and violating conditions of his parole.

A clerk at the Bismarck Inn called police about 2 a.m. Friday, reporting that a white male demanded money, took ``a couple hundred dollars'' and drove from the scene in a station wagon. The vehicle was spotted by police about 3:45 a.m. at Sixth and Lawrence, and Norris drove away.

He jumped from the station wagon on Westridge but was captured after running into the police car, which was stopping near the station wagon.

Police had been looking for Norris after he allegedly demanded money from a clerk Wednesday morning at the Kwik Shop at 3440 W. Sixth. The clerk, who refused to hand over the money, gave police a description of the station wagon, including a license plate number.

Although no money was handed over in the Kwik Shop theft, the suspect left with a carton of cigarettes and a soda.

In the Hampton Inn incident, $295 was reported taken.

No weapon was displayed in the robberies, and no injuries were reported.

Suspects in each of the three incidents fit Norris' description. He is a white male with a mustache and brown hair, according to reports.

Norris spent six years in prison for three forgery and two robbery convictions.

He was arrested on March 3, 1991, after robbing the Super 8 Motel, 515 McDonald Dr., and two liquor stores in a three-day period. No weapon was used in those robberies, but police said Norris covered an aluminum tube with a blanket to trick clerks into thinking he had a gun.

Bill Miskell, a spokesman with the Kansas Department of Corrections, said Norris also has been convicted of aggravated assault and giving a worthless check. All told, he has spent about 9 the money, gave police a description of the station wagon, including a license plate number.

Although no money was handed over in the Kwik Shop theft, the suspect left with a carton of cigarettes and a soda.

In the Hampton Inn incident, $295 was reported taken.

No weapon was displayed in the robberies, and no injuries were reported.

Suspects in each of the three incidents fit Norris' description. He is a white male with a mustache and brown hair, according to reports.

Norris spent six years in prison for three forgery and two robbery convictions.

He was arrested on March 3, 1991, after robbing the Super 8 Motel, 515 McDonald Dr., and two liquor stores in a three-day period. No weapon was used in those robberies, but police said Norris covered an aluminum tube with a blanket to trick clerks into thinking he had a gun.

Bill Miskell, a spokesman with the Kansas Department of Corrections, said Norris also has been convicte

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