Suspect arrested in armed robbery
A Lawrence man faces a slew of charges related to a holdup at a West Lawrence convenience store that ended in his arrest after a car crash and foot chase on the Kansas University campus.
Eldon Terrail Brown, 27, was charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with one count of aggravated robbery, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, reckless driving and driving with no proof of insurance.
Lawrence Police were called just before 3 a.m. Wednesday to the Kwik Shop, 3440 W. Sixth St.
A 20-year-old clerk told police he was alone in the store when a man walked in, his jacket pulled up around his face to conceal his identity.
Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said the man then pulled out a gun. He demanded money from the register and also took the clerk’s wallet and cash.
An officer on his way to the store saw a driver matching the suspect’s description near the intersection of Second Street and McDonald Drive.
When the officer turned on his lights and siren, Pattrick said, the driver sped away. Officers chased the suspect through streets in the Pinckney neighborhood, then south on Mississippi Street toward the KU campus.
The suspect lost control of his 1995 two-door Toyota near the intersection of Jayhawk Boulevard and Sunflower Drive. Pattrick said the driver slammed his car into a light pole, then jumped out and fled on foot.
Officers caught and arrested Brown near a fenced construction area at Watson Library. Police said they recovered some cash and the clerk’s wallet, but they did not recover a firearm.
Pattrick said detectives were investigating whether Brown was involved in a similar armed robbery early Oct. 16 at the Kwik Shop at 15th Street and Kasold Drive.
Brown remained in jail Wednesday. A judge set his bond at $25,000 after prosecutors said they considered him a flight risk. Brown’s preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 5.