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Archive for Saturday, December 13, 2008

Topeka man arrested in Friday night’s armed robbery case

A 23-year-old Topeka man is in custody in relation to an armed robbery in downtown Lawrence late Friday night.

December 13, 2008, 12:26 a.m. Updated December 13, 2008, 5:39 a.m.

Police arrested a 23-year-old Topeka man in relation to an armed robbery reported in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street late Friday night.

Damien D. Bullock was booked into the Douglas County Jail early Saturday morning on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said that about 11 p.m. Friday, a 23-year-old KU student was exiting her vehicle in the alley on the west side of Tennessee Street. She said a 6-foot, 240-pound black male accosted her with a handgun. He was reportedly wearing a ski mask and dark-colored clothes.

Hadl said that the victim, who wasn't injured during the incident, gave up her purse to the suspect. The suspect took off running between houses in the area.

A nearby witness reported seeing a man who matched the suspect's description driving away with another man. They were in a dark-colored Buick with a Shawnee County license plate.

About 2 a.m., Lawrence officers were en route to Topeka to investigate possible evidence regarding the robbery. About 5:30 a.m., Lawrence and Topeka officers were investigating the occupants of a vehicle that matched the description of the getaway car. Hadl said officers were trying to determine whether the occupants were involved with the robbery.

Hadl said Lawrence police had been working closely with Topeka officers, exchanging information about the case. “Topeka really helped us out,” she said. “We feel very fortunate to have made contact with those folks tonight.”

— Special projects reporter Christine Metz contributed to this story.

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reginaflangie1 5 years, 4 months ago

I 'm shocked the cops went to Topeka, I wonder how they could get the information from the tag in the middle of the night?

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averado 5 years, 4 months ago

Topeka sucks hard. while the major crimes this year have in fact been committed by lawrencians, it doesn't change the fact that topeka sucks.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 4 months ago

The major crimes committed this year in Lawrence are by people from Lawrence. Get your facts straight. You have all the wannabee rappers who are killing left and right.

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flux 5 years, 4 months ago

KeithMiles05.......because they have too?. Topeka does suck. I wonder how many crimes are commited there by Lawrence citizens? They need to put up a giant wall between the two citys....like China but bigger.

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Pywacket 5 years, 4 months ago

wysiwyg69 says, "good to hear she was not hurt.,but why be alone in an alley at 11pm alone, that is just not safe."You're certainly right, wys. Women in this country are too free and easy. We should all be wearing burkas, and never appear in public unless accompanied by our husbands, brothers, or other male protectors.If we're out for an evening and heading home at the shocking and immoral hour of 11:00 pm (!!!), we're just asking to have a gun waved in our faces and our purses stolen--or worse.Why, come to think of it, there should be a curfew of 7:00 pm or sundown, whichever comes first, for women. That will teach those robbers and rapists. Those who live where they must park in an alley and walk the 20 feet or so from their cars to their houses should observe an even earlier curfew, as they are idiots to live in such a dangerous place.Wait--why don't we all just move to some country where the comings and goings of women is already tightly regulated for "their own good"? How about Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan?! Nothing bad ever happens to women there, so it must be working. Right?Get a clue, wys. A person--male or female--should be able to arrive home safely, wherever he or she lives, without being robbed at gunpoint. Alas, there will always be a criminal element in this world. I don't think the answer is for people to cower in their homes, avoiding any evening activities. In this case, the woman did the right thing by handing over the purse. The observer did the right thing by giving the police a vehicle description that was very helpful. And the police did the right thing by following up and making an arrest. Sadly, not every crime can be prevented, but the next best thing is when the victim escapes unharmed and the perp is caught in good time.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 4 months ago

People in Lawrence sure know the "system."Vagrants and pandhandlers all over downtown.If the university wasn't in Lawrence you'd have nothing.

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somebodynew 5 years, 4 months ago

Because we don't have to LIVE there, Keithmiles05. We can leave when done work. Oh, and you go to where the work is. Trust me, I would be happy if the State wanted to open offices in Lawrence so I didn't have to drive there, but they are not going to do that. So the choice is drive to Topeka and work or no work (and live off the "system"). Personally, I like to earn my living. But that could just be me.

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Zype 5 years, 4 months ago

50YearResident: It already has. Don't you remember Roland Klundt? See how well that worked out.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 4 months ago

If Topeka is so awful then why do thousands of Larrytown peeps drive there to work every day?

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fascinating_person 5 years, 4 months ago

Warren,Right there with you - raised in T-town and NEVER moving back. I literally feel nauseous when driving into that town to visit friends and family. Topeka is a terrible, terrible place.

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Larry_The_Moocher 5 years, 4 months ago

Could it be that LPD does not have time to take care of all the calles it gets? Lets see, get rid of the drop in and its customers... hire 3 new officers and current officers get half their time back. Get rid of Club Axis get time back. Level Redbud lane get time back. Now the LPD has time to take care of things like Tennessee Ave.

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Warren6032 5 years, 4 months ago

I was raised in Topeka and attended Topeka public schools. Moved to Lawrence (to go to KU) and never left Lawrence. I can't see myself living in Topeka again-it just seems bad. Topeka has LOTS of good people, but a few bad apples can give the entire town a bad reputation

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Jim Phillips 5 years, 4 months ago

Danimal,When has LPD not responded to a call? Give us the details, please.

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BaxterC 5 years, 4 months ago

Granted these people are scum, but don't undermine an entire city because they have some bad apples. There are a LOT of good people in Topeka who go to great lengths to do charity work to try and improve the city. Maybe if you were really concerned about keeping crime out of Lawrence, you would do the same.

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Pay_N_My_Way 5 years, 4 months ago

50YearResident - I am not sure of what you meant by "you are waiting for this to happen in Lawrence" but, I certainly hope that if someone breaks into a house in Lawrence, the resident has a gun to protect him/her self. Those kids deserve what they got.

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Danimal 5 years, 4 months ago

wysiwyg69, should Lawrence be a town where you can't get out of your car at 11PM without a body guard? Tennessee St has been a problem for a while and LPD's and the city's lack of response is unacceptable.

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wysiwyg69 5 years, 4 months ago

good to hear she was not hurt.,but why be alone in an alley at 11pm alone, that is just not safe

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somebodynew 5 years, 4 months ago

Sigmund - that is why they say the investigation is on-going. They probably didn't stay together and they have to figure out who the other one was before there is a second arrest.

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Sigmund 5 years, 4 months ago

"A nearby witness reported seeing a man who matched the suspect's description driving away with another man. They were in a dark-colored Buick with a Shawnee County license plate."Only one arrest but two people were involved....

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Judgesmails 5 years, 4 months ago

shocking...............go back to topeka, trash

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 4 months ago

hmmmm? 6 foot and 240 lbs running. He must be in one heckuva good condition Mangino needs to get this dude on the football team

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phyllyphat 5 years, 4 months ago

excellent use of her tape measure and scale, of course...

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thebcman 5 years, 4 months ago

i wish topeka's scum would stay over there. we really don't need any more trash in our city.

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bmwjhawk 5 years, 4 months ago

"Topeka really helped us out," Hadl said.No kidding. Topeka makes a law enforcement career recession-proof.

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luvtocamp 5 years, 4 months ago

and from Topeka?........really?????????

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Marlboro_Man2 5 years, 4 months ago

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lounger 5 years, 4 months ago

A Topekan breaking the law in our fair city?? What a shock (said with a heaping, helping of sarcasm)...

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