Recent area cases show examples of trend

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson pointed to several recent crimes as examples of a trend that has him concerned — robbers targeting casual drug dealers.

Here are some recent cases:

• A 17-year-old and a 20-year-old man were robbed at gunpoint of money and marijuana Aug. 11 at 2400 Ala. “Four defendants set up a drug transaction to occur … then came in and took the drugs and money,” Branson said.

Two defendants were placed on probation. One was ordered to 27 months in prison and a fourth pleaded guilty to robbery and is awaiting sentencing.

• Kellam Jones, then 16, armed with a rifle, fired about eight shots and killed Roland Klundt, a 20-year-old Baker University student, during a botched robbery. Gage Hauk, 18, also was killed in the June 7 incident at 1311 Del. The suspects intended to rob the victim of drugs and money, prosecutors said. But Klundt shot and killed Hauk before being killed by Jones. Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in that case earlier this month.

• A man, armed with a machete, burst into an apartment at 1411 W. Seventh St. He ordered five people to empty their pockets and forced them into a bathroom. A judge threw out charges against the 22-year-old suspect after the witnesses failed to show up to testify at a preliminary hearing.

• A man was battered when a group of robbers charged into a home in the 1100 block of Ohio Street, near Kansas University. Two other people were in the home during the Aug. 1, 2007, incident. Four men were charged in the case.