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.