Archive for Saturday, April 22, 2006

Man carrying gun tries to steal purse

April 22, 2006


An armed man attempted to steal a woman's purse at gunpoint this morning in the parking lot of Dillon's grocery store, 1015 W. 23rd St., police dispatchers said.

The man apparently showed the woman a handgun and attempted to steal her purse around 10:15 a.m. today, then drove off in an older white sports utility vehicle headed south on Naismith Drive. The man did not get the purse.

At least four Lawrence Police officers were dispatched to the area, but no suspect was yet in custody.


Liberty 12 years, 1 month ago

If the woman was prominently wearing a gun, the man would not have even tried.

Baille 12 years, 1 month ago

Which of course the woman is free to do.

ouroboros 12 years, 1 month ago

And which she would have been able to do even BEFORE the unnecessary concealed carry law, which will encourage the concealment of said weapon. Whatever happened to gun racks anyway - THAT was a deterrent.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 12 years, 1 month ago

This ought to empty out the donut shops (for at least 10 minutes)

Baille 12 years, 1 month ago

Can't shoot 'em in the back, Marion.

Maybe Jamesaust can come 'round and give us all an update on self-defense laws in Kansas.

xenophonschild 12 years, 1 month ago

Kids and amateurs are the only ones dumb enough to do armed robberies anymore. And he didn't even get the purse!

I did ten years in an underground supermax in Minnesota (Oak Park Heights) and one of the locals laid out a plan to knock an armored car in a shopping center. It sounded plausible, but they later sent him to the feds and I got sent back to Kansas; got older and less bolder and decided on the straight-and-narrow. The underlying logic was, if you were going to steal, and run the risk of prison for stealing, you might as well steal a lot.

Wilbur_Nether 12 years, 1 month ago

Marion violently wrote: "My own preference is to give them what they want, then to refuse to cooperate further and while they are figuring out what to do, hit them with a few placed .45 ACPs in the breathers and the old pump."

Which causes me to wonder, how many times he has defended himself in this manner against muggers and other criminals?

Baille 12 years, 1 month ago

Anyone remember the SNL episode with William Shatner where he was reminiscing with his wife over the time he fought off the mugger?

BrianR 12 years, 1 month ago

"You should be glad that you do not live in New York, Houston, Compton, East St. Louis or 'Nawlins; all crime ridden cities."

I've lived in NYC and Philadelphia but got robbed for the first, second and third time in my live in Lawrence, KS.

What is reality?

xenophonschild 12 years, 1 month ago


You have, in the past, asked what I went to prison for - "really." I had to refer to the KDOC website to refresh my memory

I have nine (9) current felony convictions. I was convicted of 1st degree murder (1) and sentenced in 1975 to natural life - with a fifteen years parole eligibility.

While in Lansing, I escaped from custody and picked up (2) Aggravated Battery Against A Law Enforcement Officer; (3) Aggravated Escape From Custody; (4 & 5) two counts of Aggravated Robbery; (6) Aggravated Burglary; (7) Burglary; and (8 & 9) two counts, Theft ($100 or More).

In 1977, while in Lansing, I was charged with manslaughter(inmate); the charge was later dropped when Leavenworth County authorities declined to prosecute.

In 1984, I was charged with attempted murder/aggravated assault (inmate); charges were later dropped when Washington County, MN authorities declined to prosecute.

At the end of 2004, after almost 31 years in prison and thirteen consecutive rejections by the Kansas Parole Board, I was released on parole. I would like to be more specific; however, one of your colleagues is striving mightily to discover my identity so he can whine to my parole officer that I insult/threaten/intimidate him on a newspaper web-site. Don't need the aggravation. I'll be off paper in August and will be delighted to provide more specific information/dates etc., then.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years, 1 month ago

Glad you are out, Xeno. I guess the system does reform a few. It's unfortunate that there aren't more like you.

I'm interested in knowing what you do for a living. Is it hard to get work?

xenophonschild 12 years, 1 month ago

Actually, no. I went to work almost immediately after I got out; got a better job at my present company a month later.

One thing, I spent my last three years in the El Dorado facility, worked at a private manufacturing concern inside the fences there, and managed to save almost $6,000 by the time I got out. Can't emphasize how important it is for guys getting out, especially after a long time down, to have this kind of cushion.

If you read my last post you'll understand my caution; I work for an area publishing company. While in MCF-OPH, I ran the prison newspaper and have an extensive background in printing, editing, etc. My company routinely hires ex-convicts, not the least because we often prove to be exceptionally hard workers. I started at an entry-level position, worked hard and got promoted, caught the eye of the owner, who I now train as a powerlifter (I'm a former Kansas Open powerlifting champ - 242lb. class). We needed, and still need, help in sales and I started work for our vice-president a few months ago. We do a lot of work for non-profits; I want to move us over to commercial work for Fortune 500 companies.

Life is good, and it's getting better.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

where's biosolidsman when we really need him. this crime could've just been prevented if Biosolidsman had been on patrol with his leaking truck. note this attack didn't happen in east lawrence, yesterday morning...QED.

Calliope877 12 years, 1 month ago

I knew there was a reason why I never liked the Dillons on 23rd Street....

geekin_topekan 12 years, 1 month ago

NEGRAZZFOLIFE Straight outta Lacompton!! (ks)

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