Archive for Friday, February 6, 2009

2 arrested, 1 sought after series of robberies at KU’s McCollum Hall

After a series of KU dormitory robberies Thursday night, police are still looking for a third suspect.

February 6, 2009, 12:09 p.m. Updated February 6, 2009, 6:03 p.m.


Kansas University Public Safety officers have arrested two suspects and on Friday were looking for a third in a string of robberies Thursday night at McCollum Hall, 1800 Engel Road.

“This is a very random act. Someone walked in, they committed an act of violence, and they walked out,” Capt. Schuyler Bailey said. “What we can do is you have to have these people become good witnesses, get good descriptions and call us quickly.”

He said for the most part the student victims provided good information on the suspects, who are accused of breaking into two locked and occupied rooms and stealing objects. Officers arrested the accused getaway driver, a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man, on traffic charges. They also arrested one robbery suspect, another 19-year-old man, who is listed in the KU directory with a room in the residence hall.

“They didn’t do it during a time when no one’s there. They did it when basically everyone was in the hall,” said Brandon Wittman, a KU freshman from Quinter, who lives in McCollum Hall.

The Douglas County District Attorney’s office on Friday charged the accused driver, David Wayne Banks, 19, Kansas City, Kan., with attempting to elude police, reckless driving and failing to yield at a stop sign. They also charged Lonnie Ray Neal, 19, who is listed as a KU student from Kansas City, Kan., with obstruction and criminal deprivation of property for stealing a cell phone from another student in the lobby.

The public safety office Friday released a timeline of the alleged robberies and the arrests:

l Between 8:10 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., a suspect entered a victim’s McCollum Hall room and took an $800 laptop computer.

l Between 9:15 p.m. and 9:25 p.m., a victim told police a suspect — Neal — took his cell phone valued at $200 from his hands without permission.

l At 9:25 p.m., a suspect in a vehicle refused to stop for officers, but officers obtained the vehicle’s license plate number.

“Because we had the tag, and for public safety reasons, we chose to terminate the pursuit at that time,” Bailey said.

Bailey said officers believed the suspects then later returned to the area.

l Between 9:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. another victim told police a robbery suspect came into a dorm room and threatened the victim with a hammer. The suspect then took a pair of tennis shoes, valued at $310.

l Around 10:15 p.m., officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle again as it was leaving the area of the residence halls. The vehicle then wrecked near 15th Street and Engel Road.

Officers there arrested Neal and Banks. Neal is accused of struggling with officers and running away before he was caught again.

Friday, Bailey said the incidents were still under investigation, and officers were still searching for the third suspect. The third suspect is also a KU student, he said. Officers have identified him, but they had not arrested him as of Friday.


Lowell Holmes 9 years, 4 months ago

"The suspect then took a pair of tennis shoes, valued at $310."Who needs tennis shoes that cost $310? If you gonna have outrageously priced stuff you should probably live somewhere besides the campus dorms.

lily 9 years, 4 months ago

Took a laptop while someone was in the room? Took the cell phone without permission? Nobody's going to take my stuff out of my hand or while I'm in the room. Was he holding a weapon to their heads or what? Did anyone call as soon as these things happened? Sounds weird to me.

missmagoo 9 years, 4 months ago

i don't think ANYONE could make up a story this it really considered 'robbery'? demanding money at gunpoint in a bank = robbery. taking a cell phone out of someone's hands = stealing and being a jackass!it just sounds politically incorrect, but whatever. this kid sounds like a real moron.

staff04 9 years, 4 months ago

"is it really considered 'robbery'?"Legally, strong-arm robbery is a felony too. Some states call it robbery by snatching.

Whip101 9 years, 4 months ago

They must have been White guys, (the robbers) being as they were from K.C. and Whites tend to be criminals who think they are owed whatever they can take by force. Bet the victims were black. That's why race wasn't mentioned in the article. LJW is staffed with Whiteys and Whiteys don't want you to know how criminal White people are.

ClaroAtaxia 9 years, 4 months ago

Serves the kid right for wasting $310 on TENNIS shoes. Who spends $310 on non-formal shoes?! Maybe if the student had better spending habits he/she wouldn't have to live in those hellish dorm buildings.I think the suspects need to lay off the GTA4.

Thinking_Out_Loud 9 years, 4 months ago

ClaroAtaxia wrote "Serves the kid right for wasting $310 on TENNIS shoes" and mightyquin wrote "If you gonna have outrageously priced stuff you should probably live somewhere besides the campus dorms."Great. Blaming the victims. I LOVE this town's perspective!

lawthing 9 years, 4 months ago

How is a pair of $310 shoes any different than a $600 Prada handbag or $300 Prada wallet. Get a clue; there are people who can afford the finer things in life with daddys credit card!

independent_rebel 9 years, 4 months ago

Hmm, $310.00 shoes. How much of that amount is the shoes, and how much is the weed hidden inside of them?

Steve Jacob 9 years, 4 months ago

I forgot, we are in the socialist age right now. Having expensive stuff is a sin right now.

XEPCT 9 years, 4 months ago

independent ... I'd say $10 for the shoes and $300 for the Oz-skii

Joshua Montgomery 9 years, 4 months ago

Kudos to the police dept for getting the tags and picking the kid up later. Nothing is worse than hearing that someone innocent got killed in a police chase over something like this.They got their suspect and no one was injured. Good thinking on the part of the cops.

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 4 months ago

Or maybe they really were $310 shoes. We all have that one thing we will spend money on and cheap out on something else. Maybe Daddy bought them, or this person waited tables for a few weeks to afford their "dream" shoes, could be even the creidit card it being paid off a bit at a time. Point being, this person and others were robbed. Now I am starting to wonder about what some of you keep in your shoes besides your feet.

cutny 9 years, 4 months ago

re: "Maybe Daddy" commenters: bitter much? Plenty of people (college students include) have their own money. Just not you.I think point here might be that there is an increasing amount of brazen or violent criminal acts being committed in Lawrence, and it doesn't matter how much people's things cost, they should not be threatened for them.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 4 months ago

Now all of you who pointed fingers at athletes can now apologize.

Thinking_Out_Loud 9 years, 4 months ago

You saw how much everyone jumped on THAT bandwagon, Gootsie.

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