Archive for Saturday, January 31, 2009

Police looking for suspect in early-morning armed robbery

A gas station clerk is robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning in South Lawrence.

January 31, 2009, 1:19 a.m. Updated February 1, 2009, 12:06 a.m.


A tall, masked man with a handgun robbed a Lawrence gas station early Saturday morning and took off with an undetermined amount of money.

Police were dispatched to the BP gas station near 31st and Iowa streets at 1:03 a.m. The 27-year-old clerk reported that a man entered the store quickly and displayed a handgun. The suspect grabbed the clerk, took him behind the counter and demanded money.

Lawrence police Sgt. Susan Hadl said the clerk complied with the suspect’s demands. He was then told to kneel in the manager’s office. He remained secluded there until the suspect left.

There were no other customers in the store at the time.

The BP employee said that the suspect, a 6-foot-4 black man between 25 and 35 years old, was fully dressed in black, leaving only his eyes exposed. He wore a black stocking cap, black shoes, black clothing and a black scarf that covered his face.

Hadl said that the clerk, who wasn’t injured in the incident, did not see which direction the suspect fled. It was unknown if there was a getaway car.

Hadl said that police recovered various discarded items while canvassing the area. Officers reported finding a black hat and black gloves near the gas station.

The clerk called police again later that night and reported suspicious activity in the area. Two men in a blue Acura drove by the gas station, looked inside and left. The clerk thought one of the occupants matched the suspect description. Police later located the car in the 1500 block of West 22nd Terrace.

“We’re still investigating both that vehicle and the robbery to see if they meet in the middle someplace,” Hadl said.

Police have reviewed security footage from the gas station and are in the process of acquiring other security tapes from area businesses.

Hadl said additional security tapes could provide information about where the suspect ran or if there was a getaway car.

Anyone with information is asked to call Douglas County dispatchers at 841-7210.


Steve Jacob 8 years, 11 months ago

Don't they have the the bullet-proof glass there? Anyway, if I was robbed by gun-point, I'd lock the doors and call it a night.And I think the two people in the Acura where at the wrong place at the wrong time. Pulled over for "being black on a Friday night" (from Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood).

Chris Ogle 8 years, 11 months ago

What.... no zebra coat. Maybe donated it to PETA.

crusier 8 years, 11 months ago

No they don't have bullet-proof glass there. I heard the owners thought it would ruin the look of the store. I am glad the clerk wasn't hurt. I sure wouldn't of stayed and worked the rest of the night.

wysiwyg69 8 years, 11 months ago

wow , I wish I could tell the age of someone by just being able to see there eyes and height. sounds like an inside job by the way the report reads

50YearResident 8 years, 11 months ago

My guess is they parked across Iowa St behind Firestone. Plenty of hidden dark parking spots there.

eotw33 8 years, 11 months ago

maybe it's somebody who's car got ruined by their gas

del888 8 years, 11 months ago

question: if the man was fully covered from head to toe, how do they know it was a black man? Just wondered...

50YearResident 8 years, 11 months ago

Beobbacher, If you know anything about Lawrence, the Breakplace Station being robbed is just south of the new pharmacy on 23 & Iowa (east side of the road). Firestone is 2 buildings south of Chilies on the west side. I suggest you drive there sometime and smarten yourself up, if possible.

crusier 8 years, 11 months ago

50YearResident. The station that was robbed is the BP at 31st and Iowa. If you are going to fire attacks at people, please check your facts. Thank you

dozer 8 years, 11 months ago

Seriously, we've got some criminal profilers right here in Lawrence, you all should go to work for law enforcement. I think he's full of sh@@ because his eyes were brown.

backyardwino 8 years, 11 months ago

Know anything about Lawrence?? Well, well, well, 50YearResident, maybe someone should suggest that you drive there and buy a newspaper and read the story again so you can smarten--Yourself up. It was a BP that was robbed. You are referring to the Conoco and before you go off chiding someone again can I suggest you make sure it's not you that is mistaken.

50YearResident 8 years, 11 months ago

backyardwino , I love your screen name. Both stations are BP's. You are correct about the location most recently robbed, the one near 24th St was robbed a couple weeks ago. Consider me corrected......

50YearResident 8 years, 11 months ago

Beo, When you were reading the paper on Friday you seem to have missed the article "Whats in a name? Possibly juvenile delinquency. Why don't you look it up with your superior computer skills? It lists 5 boys names by most popular and 5 names least popular. The least popular are suggested to lead to juvinal delinquency. Least popular names are #1000 = Trystan. #999 = Leroy. #998 = Daxton. #997 = Dandre. #996 =Tyshan. I wonder if I hit your hot button because you may have one of the names listed? So if you want to call someone a racist I suggest you contact the J/W and blame them.

crusier 8 years, 11 months ago

Both stations are BP's. You are correct about the location most recently robbed, the one near 24th St was robbed a couple weeks ago. Consider me corrected……...consider yourself wrong! please check your information before you start typing. This was the same place that was robbed just 1 month ago. Not the CONOCO!

black_butterfly 8 years, 11 months ago

Hawk, blacks aren't the only ones doing the robbing. You must not read the paper every day. Or you, like most bigots have "selective reading". Are you still crying in your tea because Obama is president? Please! Get over it and move on!If these fools keep robbing gas stations I think it is a good idea to start closing early. Those clerks are putting their lives on the line for minimum wage or at best $7-8 an hour? Not worth it.

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