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Four KU students reportedly robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning

Four KU students were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning at a Burger King drive-through.

January 25, 2009, 4:29 a.m. Updated January 25, 2009, 11:24 p.m.


Four Kansas University students reported that they were accosted by a man with a handgun early Sunday morning in the drive-through of the Burger King restaurant at 1107 W. Sixth St.

The students, three men and a woman in their early 20s, told police that the suspect was parked behind their car in the drive-through lane. The suspect walked up to their car and demanded money about 2:15 a.m.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said that the victims complied with his demands. He then “took off back toward his vehicle, which was behind theirs, and sped off eastbound on Sixth Street,” the report said.

The suspect is described as a 250-pound black man wearing a red and blue striped shirt, a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap and a prominent gold chain.

The victims followed the suspect’s car from a distance until they saw it turn north on Massachusetts Street and cross the bridge into North Lawrence. Hadl said the students described the the vehicle as a red sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, with Missouri license plates.

Lawrence police informed Kansas Turnpike toll booth workers and officials about the vehicle, but they were unable to locate the suspects on the turnpike.

The entire incident was recorded by Burger King’s external cameras. Lawrence police are reviewing the footage for additional information.

“It’s a helpful thing. Any bit of information is helpful,” Hadl said. “That’s the whole point of having external video — trying to lock in those images.”

Lawrence police say that if they can identify the victims’ car in the video, they should be able to identify the make, model and possibly license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle.

No additional details were available Sunday night. Police are still investigating the incident.

Anybody with information is asked to call Lawrence police dispatchers at (785) 841-7210, or Crime Stoppers at (785) 843-TIPS.


Steve Jacob 9 years, 3 months ago

"Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, and a prominent gold chain."Is it 1994 again? Anyway, glad no one got hurt.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

Don't let the MO plates fool you. It is the Topekens, I tell ya. He lost the zebra coat, I guess.

Nikki May 9 years, 3 months ago

If they followed them, I would think they could get the tag number. I don't know I'd follow someone who had no problem pointing a gun at people though.

whodat1guy 9 years, 3 months ago

must have been those topeka missourians

LawSW 9 years, 3 months ago

...and the video is posted WHERE exactly! It serves NO PURPOSE if it cannot be viewed!?!?!

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 3 months ago

Law-The police have the video. They haven't shared it with the media yet.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

Hilary Morton 9 years, 3 months ago

They followed from a distance to stay safe, so they didn't get the plates.

Confrontation 9 years, 3 months ago

"Everyday, I see kids walking around, killing and stealing for gold chains. I see kids with medallions so big they can hardly stand up, all stooped over and sh, trying to carry that stuff. But, what's really awful, man, is you see a young brother with this cheap imitation electroplated gold crap around their necks. And, it breaks out in this funky green rash, with these bumps and sh; it just makes you wanna puke."John Slade

feeble 9 years, 3 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront, why do you want to burden our military with this lowlife? Why do you want to endanger our hardworking, volunteer soldiers by populating their ranks with undisciplined, conscript felons? Are you really this clueless or do you just really, really hate the troops?Our military is not, and should not, every been a dumping ground for convicts and would-be felons.

shotgun 9 years, 3 months ago

Just goes to show you, you can't always "have it your way" at Burger King!

feeble 9 years, 3 months ago

Hawks, I am a product of 150 years of family military service. I spent the first 18 years of my life on military bases, here and overseas, and continue to work to this day with the fine men and women who make up our armed forces. 3 days having coffee with NCOs does not make you any kind of expert, but it does identify you as the worst kind chickenhawk, one who has confused being a weekend warrior with true service. That you do not understand the benefit and necessity of a volunteer armed forces reveals your deep ignorance regarding military matters. Your inability to realize the depths of your ignorance is disturbing. Your willingness to turn our armed forces into a warehouse for armed robbers and felons is disgusting. Is that what you think of the citizens who put their life on the line everyday, as part of their duty to this country? This country needs soldiers and patriots, not armchair chickenhawks.

denak 9 years, 3 months ago

Two things come to mind:1) Did they get their food free?and 2) I smell a lawsuit coming. Poor Burger King they are going to have a lawsuit claiming a lack of adequate security and emotional harm.Dena

paavopetie 9 years, 3 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront, didn't you get the memo? They're closing Guantanamo and moving all of the suspected terrorists to Leavenworth.

Judgesmails 9 years, 3 months ago

The suspect is described as a 250-pound black man wearing a red and blue striped shirt, a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, and a prominent gold chain._____shocking........

bearded_gnome 9 years, 3 months ago

the level of obesity among our american criminal population is shameful. does Obama have a plan to cope with this crisis? what if that crook had had to run in the process of his job functions? he couldn't do much. I hope the stimulus package, besides measures to treat STD's, has a proactive agressive program to improve obesity among american criminals. american criminals should be the fittest in the world. we want to be proud of our criminals. in the old west, a good crook had to at least achieve some success in marksmanship or ambushment. today's american crook needs none of that. heck, if he fires a gun, he just has to fire many times, rather than be accurate. ***as to the zebra-print jacket, he threw it in the back of his car man.

webmocker 9 years, 3 months ago

hawkperched says:"Did Dude have gun and if not, why didn't the people in the car roll up the window and lay on the horn. Something isn't adding up in story about 250 lb dude."First line of article says:"Four KU students were accosted by a man with a handgun early Sunday morning..."

oldvet 9 years, 3 months ago

Too bad there wasn't a ccp holder armed in the car... then they wouldn't have any trouble identifying the perps body...,.

budwhysir 9 years, 3 months ago

First thing I would have asked him is "wheres the beef??"

rousseau108 9 years, 3 months ago

hawkperched asked why the guy was described as a black male instead of an African American:Who knows if the guy is from African descent. Maybe he's of Jamaican, Haitian, Dominican, or South American descent (like Anderson Silva), etc.

mae 9 years, 3 months ago

daym stupid, I thought you moved down the street! was the cat about 6'6"? He's not a bballer, He's a cook. With kck or mo plates. Good guy, just broke.

Tim Quest 9 years, 2 months ago

Hawksperchedatriverfront is the worst kind of coward - he has not served. As a former Marine, I can tell that he has no idea what he's talking about. Shameful.

Tim Quest 9 years, 2 months ago

PS: I should clarify - he's not a coward just because he hasn't served. That's fine; most people haven't been in the services. But for him to try and pass himself off as an expert on military matters, for him to so glibly talk about what it means to serve when he clearly hasn't....THAT'S cowardice.

Danimal 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah FarneyMac, as another former Marine I agree that we don't want people like this in our military. We already have places for guys like this and it isn't the military. That being said these KU students are dumb. Why didn't they call the cops while they were following him? Why did they stop following him because he went to North Lawrence? North Lawrence might be the safest neighborhood in town.

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