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Lawrence police arrest two after South Park robbery

Two suspects await questioning by Lawrence police officers on the 700 block of New Hampshire Street after a South Park robbery early Thursday morning.

Two suspects await questioning by Lawrence police officers on the 700 block of New Hampshire Street after a South Park robbery early Thursday morning.

June 18, 2009, 12:00 a.m. Updated June 18, 2009, 2:51 p.m.

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Lawrence police officers question two suspects on the 700 block of New Hampshire Street after a robbery in South Park early Thursday morning.

Lawrence police officers question two suspects on the 700 block of New Hampshire Street after a robbery in South Park early Thursday morning.

Police arrested two Topeka teenagers early Thursday morning in connection with multiple Lawrence robberies.

Officers tracked the suspects down after a strong-arm robbery at 1:50 a.m. Thursday in South Park, where two Lawrence residents, both in their 20s, told police that two men had approached them in the park and “demanded property,” said Sgt. Ted Bordman.

An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man were arrested in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street, where officers stopped a vehicle with two occupants matching the suspect description in the robbery. The suspects were booked into Douglas County Jail on multiple robbery-related charges.

The men also are believed to be connected with an early Saturday morning robbery outside Sprague Apartments, 1400 Alumni Place, where a delivery driver was robbed, according to law enforcement reports.

Police had said the suspects in that robbery also matched the descriptions of suspects in two other Saturday morning robberies along Ohio Street. A total of four people were robbed in the area within about 15 minutes.

Lawrence police said their robbery investigation is ongoing. Officers have connected the suspects only to the Thursday morning robbery in South Park and the robbery outside Sprague Apartments.

The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of six robbery charges and the 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of seven, according to jail records. Prosecutors said formal charges against the men would be considered today.

At least 13 robberies have occurred on the streets of central Lawrence this year.

On Thursday morning, police also received a report of another robbery in the 1300 block of Ohio Street, around the same time as the South Park robbery.

Officers were occupied at the time of the report, trying to break up a fight. They asked the victims of the robbery to wait in front of a nearby residence until the fight was under control. Officers then tried to contact the victims but could not find them.

Comments

compmd 5 years, 11 months ago

Topekans!

Also its sad that the LPD is understaffed to the point where it can only handle arresting two robbery suspects and breaking up a fight.

Charlie Sabotage 5 years, 11 months ago

there were no other cops available to comer and help the victims of the second robbery? that's what we get now, "wait over there, we may or may not get to you"

grammaddy 5 years, 11 months ago

LPD is THAT understaffed??! So if I need to call 911 am I going to be put on hold?? Maybe I should keep the number to the Dunkin' Donuts close to the phone in case of emergency. No wonder it's becoming a haven for the out-of-town crooks.

gsxr600 5 years, 11 months ago

I called dispatch a few days ago for an incident and it took about 10 minutes for an officer to show up. I would say that's pretty good for a non 911 call. Give these cops some credit. They're doing their best being so understaffed.

In regards to the South Park robberies, how could you be so stupid as to rob somebody in such close proximity to the police station? Are you retarded?

Tarrant 5 years, 11 months ago

They're understaffed because of our idiot city council and whiny resident tax payers.

somebodynew 5 years, 11 months ago

And another thing to keep in mind about the second report. That was in the 1300 block of Ohio, so I am guessing that the fight the officers were on was probably a large one (given that there are 2 bars right there and a history of large parties at some of the houses). Not that many people may have been actually fighting, but probably interferring and getting in the way.

poppygirl 5 years, 11 months ago

And you hang out at South Park at 2:00 A.M because?

somebodynew 5 years, 11 months ago

poppygirl - I know it wasn't in the story, but ever think they might have been trying to walk home from a downtown bar since that is close to closing time??

hbratton 5 years, 11 months ago

My boyfriend was one of the victims. He said the thugs didn't look like they knew what they were doing and he pretty much talked them out of robbing them. He told them that they had just left the bar so they don't have any money. And then he got the cops involved and found the thugs.

kugrad 5 years, 11 months ago

Many people walk along Mass or through the park at night on their way home from various places. Many of us who live near downtown try to walk as much as possible since driving everywhere uses scarce resources. It is generally safe to walk about the city in the night, although it is obviously better to be with another person. When someone approaches you and demands property, that is assault at a minimum, not "bullying," which is absurd. One has no idea if the other party is armed or not. If they are bigger than you, then it doesn't matter much does it?

alm77 5 years, 11 months ago

kugrad, you forgot the obvious. You also can't get a DUI while walking home from the bar. ;) Anyone should be able to walk or ride their bike without being robbed at any time of day.

KLATTU 5 years, 11 months ago

I live within a few blocks of the police station, and called 911 to report a man and a woman who had stopped their car in the middle of the street and were beating each other up. I was told it had already been reported. The couple went at it for ten minutes, then got back in the car, and drove off. Cops showed up ten minutes after that.

Kris_H 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, you can get nailed for pedestrian under the influence, but you'd pretty much have to be falling down in the street or making yourself obnoxious in a noticeable way.

All the crime in Lawrence isn't imported from Topeka, either. There's plenty of homegrown stuff. And it's not all that new, either--I was the victim of a purse-snatcher in Lawrence 40 years ago, when it was a lot safer to walk around at night than it is now. Or so I thought in the wisdom of youth...

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man were arrested on the 700 block of New Hampshire Street, where officers stopped a vehicle with two occupants matching the suspect description in the robbery. The suspects were booked into Douglas County Jail on multiple robbery-related charges.

you didn't have to go far to get the picture, eh Nick Nelson?

cool when the crooks deliver themselves to the ljworld!

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