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SUSPECT TO STAND TRIAL IN ROBBERY

October 14, 1999

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A Douglas County district judge ruled Wednesday there is enough evidence against Michael B. Basquine to try him for the May robbery of a Lawrence grocery store.

Two Alvin's IGA employees and a former roommate of Basquine's testified during his preliminary hearing. Judge Michael Malone set a trial date for Dec. 13.

One of the store employees said he couldn't identify Basquine as the robber. But another said he was sure Basquine was involved in the May 6 robbery.

At that time, Basquine had thick dreadlocks, his former roommate said. Now Basquine's head is nearly shaved clean.

Police said he and an accomplice entered the store at Ninth and Iowa streets and demanded money from an employee at the customer service window. They indicated they had a weapon, but no gun was displayed, police said.

Basquine's roommate at the time of the robbery, a Topeka woman, said he borrowed her blue Ford Escort station wagon on the day of the robbery. The store employees said they saw Basquine and another man leave in a car of the same description. The woman testified that she saw Basquine later that night with a small paper bag containing money.

Los Angeles police arrested Basquine, 34, Sept. 10 in Los Angeles. He was featured in a Crime Stoppers program after leaving Lawrence.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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