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Two men charged with robbery

July 1, 2008

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Two men were charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with robbing a man early Sunday on Lawrence's east side.

Willie K. Franklin, 18, and Samuel Anthony McReynolds were each charged with one count of robbery. Both are being held in Douglas County Jail on $20,000 bond.

A 19-year-old Lawrence man called Lawrence police about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and reported he had been robbed by two men who got out of a van. He said the incident occurred in the area of East 19th Street and Miller Drive. The suspects reportedly took the man's backpack and contents valued at $369 before driving off in the van.

Police stopped the van at 10th and Kentucky streets. Officers found the two suspects and a 15-year-old juvenile girl in the van. The girl told police the two men had touched her inappropriately and tried to make her drink an alcoholic beverage.

District Attorney Charles Branson said Tuesday there was not sufficient evidence to support charges against the men concerning the girl's claims.

Franklin and McReynolds are to appear in court again on July 15 for the setting of a preliminary hearing.

Comments

LJworldd_KinG 5 years, 9 months ago

wow them dudes are dumb for realwho does crap like that. and as far as the girl goes. she made her own choice to get in the van with them dudes and knowing girls now she probably wanted to be tuched and probably messed around with both of them and then when the police come she quick to say they were tryin to touch her and force her to drink. smart one there girl. why was you out with two dudes anyways that late at night?? im sure her parents are wondering that right now. i wonder what lie she told her parents....wow

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nikki23 5 years, 9 months ago

hockmano:I do not agree with that at all. Being 18 doesn't automatically qualify you as being an adult. There are certain responsibilities that go along with this. And they obviously are immature. If (people) think that you have to be 21 to drink because your brain hasn't fully developed, then in my opinion you have to be 21 to be an adult. As a result, they were all young [adults], each responsible for their own actions. Each of them are at fault.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 9 months ago

Good feeling to have a responsive police department. I often commented on too many officers in Lawrence, but when something like this happens, I am willing to pay the taxes for good law enforcement. . What else can we do but lock up this type of criminal. Too bad they didn't want to earn money, rather than steal money. As for the girl..... who knows?

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justanothervoice 5 years, 9 months ago

Actually, curfew applies to those under 18. NOT under 15, as previously, ASSumed. Unless of course that law has changed since last week when my neighbors 17 year old was brought home by the police for breaking curfew...

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hockmano 5 years, 9 months ago

nikki23 (Anonymous) says: Sounds to me like the girl didn't want to get in trouble. Why would she say that the boys touched her but not say that they forced her get in the van and go with them. She knew what she was doing, as did the boys that were with her.Why do kids feel it necessary to do these crimes? The newspapers are filled with crimes with young teens. This is pathetic:really, it is. Good job to the parents for raising role-models for our youth. Our children are our future, and it seems to me that the future is looking pretty grim.A fifteen year old female is a "girl". Eighteen year old males are "men".We should be blaming the adults!

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igby 5 years, 9 months ago

nikki23:Whats a role model ?lol.

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nikki23 5 years, 9 months ago

Sounds to me like the girl didn't want to get in trouble. Why would she say that the boys touched her but not say that they forced her get in the van and go with them. She knew what she was doing, as did the boys that were with her.Why do kids feel it necessary to do these crimes? The newspapers are filled with crimes with young teens. This is pathetic...really, it is. Good job to the parents for raising role-models for our youth. Our children are our future, and it seems to me that the future is looking pretty grim.

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Fatty_McButterpants 5 years, 9 months ago

1029: Getting into a van is not illegal. Riding in a van with people over the age of 16 (legal age of consent in KS) is not illegal. Being up after 3:30 a.m. is not illegal (the curfew applies to those under 15). So I guess her parents can continue to be proud of her, and you can continue to assume you know what you're talking about.

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1029 5 years, 9 months ago

Looks like that girl went into "save yourself" mode. How did she get in the van? Was she kidnapped? It was 3:30 in the morning. At least she probably won't have a problem testifying, being that she apparently didn't have much of a problem ending the friendship/relationship. Her parents must be proud.

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