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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.

Comments

lounger 6 years, 1 month ago

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

luvtocamp 6 years, 1 month ago

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

bmwjhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

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

phyllyphat 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Judgesmails 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Sigmund 6 years, 1 month 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....

somebodynew 6 years, 1 month 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.

wysiwyg69 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Danimal 6 years, 1 month 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.

BaxterC 6 years, 1 month 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.

Jim Phillips 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Warren6032 6 years, 1 month 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

fascinating_person 6 years, 1 month 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.

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Zype 6 years, 1 month ago

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

somebodynew 6 years, 1 month 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.

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month 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.

flux 6 years, 1 month 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.

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month 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.

Avery Pearson 6 years, 1 month 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.

reginaflangie1 6 years, 1 month 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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