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Man target of two robberies in three days

Three victims robbed at gunpoint late Monday night in apartment north of KU campus

September 15, 2009, 2:22 a.m. Updated September 15, 2009, 12:43 p.m.

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Lawrence man target of robbers twice

A 28-year-old Lawrence man has been targeted twice by robbers in the last three days. Enlarge video

A 28-year-old Lawrence man was the target of two sets of robbers in just three days.

Police are seeking three suspects in connection with an armed robbery that occurred late Monday night at an apartment complex north of the Kansas University campus.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl, police responded at 11:06 p.m. to West Hills Apartments, 1012 Emery, where three people had reportedly been robbed at gunpoint.

Three suspects had kicked in the door of a third-floor apartment, forced the three occupants to the floor and rummaged through their pockets, stealing wallets, cash and a phone. One of the victims suffered an injury when he was struck in the back of the head.

The suspects were described as one white male and two black males, all in their mid-20s, all carrying handguns.

The white male was described as around 6-foot-4 with a stocky build and short blonde hair, wearing predominately white or light clothing. Both black males were described as about 6 feet tall with average builds. One was wearing a green T-shirt. The other was bald, wearing a white T-shirt.

Officers also responded to an armed robbery call around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the same apartment complex.

Law enforcement officials said a 28-year-old man — who was also a victim in Monday’s robbery — was entering his apartment building with another man when two suspects, one who had a gun, approached them.

The suspects tried to force their way into the apartment, but the two victims were able to get inside and lock the door. The suspects fled the scene and were not located.

In this instance, the suspects were described as being a white man and a Hispanic man, both about 30 years old.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call Lawrence Police at (785) 832-7509 or the TIPS hot line at (785) 843-TIPS.

Comments

1029 5 years, 3 months ago

Probably wasn't random. Why the West Hills? Seems like a pretty high visibility area to be committing a crime. And if you cause commotion, there is no way you are going to drive out of there without at least one person seeing you, or your vehicle, or possibly even getting your plates. And why choose the West Hills over some of the more-expensive, more-uppity neighboring complexes? I bet the robbers knew this particular apartment had drugs, or at least money if those drugs were gone.

tutulee 5 years, 3 months ago

I hope I'm not out of line if I recommend, in addition to promoting political and social change, that people arm themselves and obtain proper training to deal with these kind of home invasion/kidnap/mugging situations. You will hopefully (and probably) never have to use force against somebody but your training could save your life.

No matter what you do, let's consider the first hand experience of these victims as lessons to our own lives. Doing otherwise is negligence.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 3 months ago

According to the story of this incident on KLWN, this is the second tme in a week that this guy was robbed, possibly by the same suspects, at his apartment. Something's fishy here.

Keith 5 years, 3 months ago

I was just going to ask if this was related to the thwarted robbery earlier, thanks MichaelJ for linking the two.

igby 5 years, 3 months ago

Slim Shady's looking for the stash!

Cash, hash, smash and crash; he does it just like in the movies; what a thrill!

Just a rumor could be all he needs to pay you a visit.

So lock and load; when the dog barks and the door gets kicked in, waste him, trailer park style!

Stuart Evans 5 years, 3 months ago

grats Jim. now all you need is some evidence. speculation (no matter how probable) will not get you far.

Practicality 5 years, 3 months ago

More drug related crime in Lawrence. I am shocked. Shocked I tell ya.

parrothead8 5 years, 3 months ago

"I hope I'm not out of line if I recommend, in addition to promoting political and social change, that people arm themselves and obtain proper training to deal with these kind of home invasion/kidnap/mugging situations. You will hopefully (and probably) never have to use force against somebody but your training could save your life.

No matter what you do, let's consider the first hand experience of these victims as lessons to our own lives. Doing otherwise is negligence."

If the people being robbed had pulled out a gun while being robbed, I'm guessing someone would have gotten shot. As it happened, some pocket change got taken, one guy got whacked on the head, and nobody got shot.

While I'm certainly not against responsible citizens owning guns, what exactly went wrong in these instances that a second gun introduced to the situations could have solved?

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