Archive for Monday, July 12, 2010

Police catch suspect in armed robbery reported at KU Credit Union

An unidentified man threatens a teller at the KU Credit Union, 3400 W. 6th Street, Monday afternoon. The suspect demanded money and then pulled cash out of the teller's drawer when he became impatient, police said.

An unidentified man threatens a teller at the KU Credit Union, 3400 W. 6th Street, Monday afternoon. The suspect demanded money and then pulled cash out of the teller's drawer when he became impatient, police said.

July 12, 2010, 3:22 p.m. Updated July 12, 2010, 11:23 p.m.


Man arrested after armed robbery

A man caught on security camera robbing KU Credit Union was found by police hours after the incident. Enlarge video

Witness describes KU Credit Union robber

Dave Snyder describes the person he saw following the armed robbery reported at the KU Credit Union on Monday afternoon. Enlarge video

Residents in a west Lawrence neighborhood described their day as eventful, after witnessing a bank robbery suspect run through the street and police conduct a manhunt in their yards.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, Lawrence police officers apprehended a suspect in the armed robbery of KU Credit Union that took place a few hours earlier, Lawrence police said.

Dozens of officers filled the neighborhood near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive after a police officer said he spotted the suspect. A brief foot chase ensued before the suspect was cornered near Eighth and Kasold.

The arrest was made just a few blocks away from the crime scene. Officers were called to the credit union, in the 3400 block of West Sixth Street, just after 3 p.m. Monday in response to a report of an armed robbery.

A teller told police that the suspect approached the counter, showed a handgun and demanded money before grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash and leaving out the front door of the building.

That’s when people in the area reported seeing the suspect run across Kasold toward the neighborhood where he was later found. Dave Snyder was outside of a nearby shop and said he saw the man run near a large Dumpster.

“He looked like he was holding something, a bag or whatever, and he came back out and you couldn’t see it any longer,” Snyder said.

Snyder was one of many residents interviewed by police. Police released several photo images taken from the bank’s surveillance video. They show the suspect making no attempt to conceal his identity while setting a gun on the counter.

The man’s name has not been released. After the arrest, officers continued to search yards near Sixth and Kasold. It was unclear whether they were looking for the gun, money or other evidence.


Clark Coan 7 years ago

So, he gets $2,000 and a lengthy stay in Club Fed. A really bright guy.

gatekeeper 7 years ago

You never know. A guy I went to school with robbed 6 banks and only got caught the last time. He got 2 years in a minimum security prison (living in a dorm type prison) and once out he did his parole, then headed to the Caribbean where he had put the money he stole in accounts down there. Last I knew, he was still living down there loving life.

kristyj 7 years ago

i hope they catch him. and by "they" I mean either the LPD or the fashion police. trade the white for an orange jumpsuit.

Brent Fry 7 years ago

Is there a better description? White? Black? Hispanic?

Or is the ponytail a dead giveaway of a white guy?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years ago

No one can decide on the race yet. Conflicting descriptions.

Brent Fry 7 years ago


Any description of what weapon was used? I mean if he's running around town with a gun, that's a little more intense than if he has a knife, bat, etc.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years ago

Don't know that yet. The call only came over as an "armed" robbery. We're still trying to get the facts. We've got several folks out on the story.

John Spencer 7 years ago

I think the police ought to be talking to this Quivira character, there's no mention of the amount taken!

puddleglum 7 years ago

wasn't there some other recent robbery involving a guy with a pony tail? maybe it is a fake, clip-on style pony tail.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years ago

Update: The suspect is described as a light skinned African-American male, in his 20s or 30s, between 5-foot-10 and 6-0, slim build with a ponytail, short-dark mustache and goatee. He did brandish a gun. We're expecting to have a photo of the individual shortly, as he did not wear a mask.

Tom McCune 7 years ago

Thanks, Jonathan. If anyone still questions the value of the "new media" this should present an excellent example of the public service it can provide. Photos of the perp, out there for all to see, fast enough for people in the community to ID him, if he is still around.

Clark Coan 7 years ago

Didn't wear a mask. Uh, that's really bright.

vega 7 years ago

Doesn't look like a light-skinned African American, if this photo is the right one.

vega 7 years ago

the gun Big B - look at who holds the gun - not your mama :)

frank mcguinness 7 years ago

He looks like pedro from Napoleon Dynamite.

Vote for Pedro!

Tristan Moody 7 years ago

I normally don't say this on internet forums, but, wow, you're pretty stupid. Uncooperative victims tend to get shot quite a bit more than cooperative ones. Every bank has methods in place to tag the robber--bait money with recorded serial numbers, dye packs, and the like. But if you have a problem with "corporate policy" being designed to keep the bank staff alive, then I suggest you start keeping your money under your mattress.

Tristan Moody 7 years ago

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Tristan Moody 7 years ago

If you want to fight, go ahead and fight. I choose not to insist that someone who works an entry level job at my bank be willing to die rather than hand over a couple thousand dollars, which won't affect my account anyway. The robber will get caught. That's what police are for.

Tom McCune 7 years ago

The smartest LEO I ever knew personally said the best odds were these: "If a perp wants your money or your stuff, give it up without a fight. If they want to hurt you or take you hostage, fight back immediately any way you can."

Tom McCune 7 years ago

FBI SAIC for two different major metro areas. Also responsible for counter-intelligence operations. Had a law degree. Yes, he was pretty smart.

Majestic42 7 years ago

Wow, you're obnoxious. Please enlighten us, lg40. Why do you hate police officers so much?

hail2oldku 7 years ago

lg40 is only a Billy Mayse product away from describing himself.

Kris_H 7 years ago

"If you're out of the car, don't get in. If you're in the car, don't get out (unless the perp gets in)."

thebigspoon 7 years ago

You are, without a doubt, the strangest gentleman I've encountered on this forum. Do you purposely say stupid things just to get a rise, or are you, as someone else suggested a few days ago, blessed with an IQ equaling your username? I hate to denigrate people as persons, but this goes beyond the pale of decency. What would you have the teller do, put her life at risk for money that isn't even hers? Put others at risk because she wanted to keep herself and others safe? Do you even think before you jerk your knees? I hope you have no children at home and that the ones who have left have been able to get it more together than you.

feeble 7 years ago

Or, the police would rather not clean up some would-be heroes brain matter from the sidewalk.

Many businesses carry commercial crime coverage for just this very reason.

jackpot 7 years ago

Newsflash: NUCA insures CREDIT UNIONS not FDIC

ZacharyCobb 7 years ago

Because everything would turn out better if bank tellers acted like Rambo. YOUR money is insured. Their safety is not.

gatekeeper 7 years ago

Moron! Bank policy is to hand over cash because it is insured. Should they have the teller get shot? A little bit of cash is worth more than a human life?

My husband worked at a bank and was robbed at gunpoint in the early 90's. Too bad he didn't risk his life for $5K of insured money. Before he left, the robber had them on the ground and pointed the gun at my husband's head, asking him if he should see how well this gun shoots and advised they'd better not move or he would shoot them. They got the creep a month later.

yep, better to risk life. Again, you're a moron!

citizenlame 7 years ago

You do realize that a bank's money is insured, right? So, when there is a robbery, it's not like the money that is robbed is withdrawn from YOUR account to cover it. That's what the insurance is for...

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

kudos to LJWorld and LPD for getting the image and suspect details out quickly!

however, article does not indicate just when the actual incident happened!

this is a vast improvement over most recent breaking crime news stories that tell us: somebody did something to someone somewhere with some weapon and somehow somewhere some police will somehow catch him or her!

I hope the KUCU staff isn't too traumatized by this. they're great folks.

KEITHMILES05 7 years ago

That isn't an African American . He's a darker skinned white guy.

purplesage 7 years ago

Maybe we could check with Harry Reid on the light-skinned African American?

BruceWayne 7 years ago

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bearded_gnome 7 years ago

they may have him contained tween Kasold, 6th and AZ, and south, type area.

feeble 7 years ago

Isn't rebroadcasting reports going over police frequencies unlawful?

bearded_gnome 7 years ago


you're kidding, right?

you are reading an article about breaking local crime.

you're commenting under an article about local crime.

and you say I'm living vicariously?

did you study and stay up late nights to get so ignorant, or did it come naturally?

besides, you know nothing about me dude.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

Thuja, you're reading an article about local crime, breaking news.

you're commenting on an article about breaking news.

you know nothing about me [ [lol].

and you say I live vicariously?

did you study and stay up late nights to get so ignorant and hypocritical, or did it come naturally?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years ago

We have unconfirmed reports that he's in custody. We're trying to confirm as we speak.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

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KEITHMILES05 7 years ago

This is too funny. Blow by blow description of the online editor. LOL

ksjayhawk74 7 years ago

I hope they didn't catch a black guy as listed in the description, because the guy in the photo is Caucasian/Hispanic.

Really, who would look at that guy and think he's black?

gatekeeper 7 years ago

You haven't spent time away from Lawrence then, have you? Go visit the Ozarks and see if you think KS is white. It's so white because they're wearing white bedsheets, still. Google Nicodemus. Strong black heritage in KS.

kernal 7 years ago

Is that with or without dreadlocks?

monkey_c 7 years ago

The dude who was tackled or what ever - by police I think - that story was in Eudora (maybe -- foggy memory here) ...when he was mowing someones yard. Yeah, taht guy, he was an african american with a ponytail.

hail2oldku 7 years ago

Joakim Noah - though technically, his father is African-French.

sugarmagnolia 7 years ago

according to what i've heard on here police have found a bag full of money

Tom McCune 7 years ago

You can do all kinds of bad things and walk out of the courthouse with a slap on the wrist. But when you steal rich people's money you are in for trouble. The sentences for bank robbery are much worse than for most violent crimes.

independant1 7 years ago

I have money there, does that make me rich?

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

Oldenuf, if I said yes, I'd be violating a federal law, but ...

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

oh I should have also said: good job LPD!

windex 7 years ago

lawrenceguy, I'm speechless. Could you please go back to school and study something, anything, that will get your brain working? Or maybe there are some intelligence pills you could take? Or maybe you could just quit gracing us with your comments, which can be counted on to be ill-informed, ignorant, misguided or just plain old mean.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

oh, you removed my post RE LG40 and his attitude problem with LPD?

I merely speculated on what has come before in his apparently very checkerd life that he is so paranoid about lpd.

I also speculated on what the officers could be doing now that the robbery suspect has been apprehended.

Tristan Moody 7 years ago

Just heard on the scanner, a panic alarm was activated at University National bank at 15th and Kasold.

parrothead8 7 years ago

So...this guy robbed the KU Credit Union around 3:00 and was spotted at 6th and Kasold almost three hours later? He made it about 100 feet in three hours.

I guess you don't have to be smart to be a criminal.

KEITHMILES05 7 years ago

Is the man or is he not African American? That is all I want to konw.

independant1 7 years ago

they spelled it wrong,

a freekin american bank robber

boothillbilly 7 years ago

Great job Lawrence Police! Way to get this creep!
Great job too to the LJ World on quick reporting!

Evan Ridenour 7 years ago

"lawrenceguy40 (anonymous) says…

It sounds like the teller was not too cooperative. Good for her. Too often they just hand over OUR cash and then hide behind "corporate policy". Credit unions have a little more respect for their customers."

Are you stupid?

  1. It isn't your cash. Losses from robbery either come straight off the profit margin of the bank or if the loss is great enough the bank recoups part of the loss through its insurance.

  2. You are saying someone should put themselves at a great risk of being shot to save the bank from a few hundred dollars.

  3. Banks have many, many ways that they protect against this kind of loss. I am not going to list all the various protections banks can and do use but let's just say robbing a bank is the least intelligent place to rob. You are much more likely to get caught and the penalty is much, much harsher.

  4. It would be more costly to the bank's profit margin to encourage its employees to fight against robbers instead of complying which is why no company encourages that kind of behavior. Imagine the potential liability in a wrongful death suit after said employee gets shot for said corporate policy of not complying with a robber.

jackpot 7 years ago

1 It is my money. This is a credit union. I own a share of it.

purplesage 7 years ago

This certainly created some excitement! At least 6, perhaps 7, LPD cars went flying west on 6th. Being in the area of Fleetwood Mower, this is what I saw: Four patrol cars in a pack, went by. A couple minutes later, there were some more, spread out. All of them were going quite fast, a couple of them at a rate that still seemed controllable - buth the next to the last one was absolutely flying. It crested that little hill on 6th at full throttle. I expect he hit at least 60 MPH before having to slam on the brakes about Illinois and 6th where 2 citizens's vehicles had split, one pulled of to the right lane, the other into the turn lane. He went between them at an angle. The cop at the wheel was a good sized, stout guy, not a youngster.

Some of the LPD officers were responding to the emergency appropriately. This one was exhibiting reckless disregard for public safety.

I am glad no one was physically hurt at KUCU and that no one was hurt on the roadway. Glad they got the guy and sorry he did such a foolish and dangerous thing.

BruceWayne 7 years ago

I cannot think of 1 reason you removed my comment. the dude is hispanic.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

8th and Kasold

---ah, LG40 is such a reliable guy there.

Edjayhawk, just what are you praising Jonathan for here fella?

Jonathan communicated what was known.

you, on the other hand, by your postings have demonstrated yourself to be about 80% as bad as LG40. so, maybe take that comment and look in the mirror dude?

The robber only crossed 6th and made it a hundred yards or so!
yes, in this case we could adapt the old joke: Q. why did the crook cross the road? A. because it was there. A. because he wanted to get to the other side.

A. because the Colonel was after him?

A. he had a cold, and needed some cough medicine from Walgreen's? [taxes are really up these days!]

A. he *reeeeeeeeeeeeeally needed some Viagra?

A. it was those Starmints mann.

ralphralph 7 years ago

Hey, at least he didn't go west then north, where he could have run into CVS or TaxBurger, and gotten robbed himself by, the SST --- Secret Sales Tax.

Never go to Whats-it-Farms, where you have to pay the SST --- Secret Sales Tax --- to places like CVS, Taco Bell, and TaxBurger.

Shop Local, Shop Fair ..... Shun the Secret Sales Tax that's not even really a sales tax.

pizzapete 7 years ago

Aren't you supposed to wear a mask or something? He's not even wearing a hat or sunglasses? Wow, that's even dumber than robbing a bank. If he lives in the area, someone surely knows who this guy is.

Kryptenx 7 years ago

Many of you may remember the suspect from last summer's news:

bearded_gnome 7 years ago


Isn't rebroadcasting reports going over police frequencies unlawful?

---yes, it is legal to listen, it is illegal to repeat what you hear. so, if, hypothetically, I were doing that, they'd have to haul in Jonathan and the ljworld crew, too.

BlackVelvet 7 years ago

can you cite a statute what says it's illegal? It occurs to me that the airwaves are public unless the radio traffic is "scambled", so why would it be illegal to repeat what you hear?

tomatogrower 7 years ago

Light-skinned African American. It may be the camera, but I think I have darker skin than he does. He doesn't even look hispanic. Weird description.

tomatogrower 7 years ago

Light-skinned African American. It may be the camera, but I think I have darker skin than he does. He doesn't even look hispanic. Weird description.

ralphralph 7 years ago

Biggest robbery on West 6th since they allowed the SST -- Secret Sales Tax, that's not really a sales tax at all, but more of a direct kickback to the developer, at the expense of the sucker ... er, consumer.

Boycott the Robbery Zone ... Whatzit Farms .... CVS, Taco Bell, TaxBurger.

Way worse than whatever this scuzzball did at the bank, IMHO.

Randall Barnes 7 years ago

cuba or puerto rico. does it realy matter what kind of gun he had ? real, fake, black or silver only to the leo.

ralphralph 7 years ago

Maybe it was a special zone tool, like TaxBurger uses.

overthemoon 7 years ago

So I wonder if this guy heard about the other bank robber who smeared his face with lemon juice because he'd been told it would make him invisible on surveillance cameras?

jackpot 7 years ago

Booked as a TRANSIENT surprise.

Hoots 7 years ago

I think the guy wanted to get caught. People do that sometimes. Remember the woman that robbed a bank downtown and did the exact same bank when she got out here a few years ago. If I remember right the police found her sitting on the curb by the bank. It is one way to get a roof over your head and three squares a day.

TopJayhawk 7 years ago

one eye Why don't you take some of that "big money" of yours and buy yourself an eye?

riverdrifter 7 years ago

He's saving his "big money" to buy a cigar store Indian so he can burn it in a sweat lodge.

(~I never thought I'd compose such a sentence!)

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Maybe this was a fund-raising activity for the NBPP.

jaywalker 7 years ago

Never underestimate the stupidity of criminals. That picture brings to mind the 8 x 10 glossy of Nick (Chevy Chase) in 'Seems like old times'. Duuuh, theys gots camwas in da banks now? derrr....

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

Looks like one of the guys that robbed the mobile home last year and ended up getting shot. Some people never learn.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Holder's DO(no)J is investigating the white devil's oppression of this person of color who was only trying to claim his reparations for his ancestors' slavery.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

He's not African-American, he's Blurry-American.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

"blurry american" LMAO!

Blackvelvet, believe that's in the communications act from the 30's.

yes, radio spectrum is free, an american resource and it is legal to listen. but disclosing public safety communications heard is not.

oh did Thuja get a bee in her bonnet?

I'm the one to "get a life?" Thuja posted three or four times here?
apparently I get under Thuja's fragile skin.

poor Thuja.
can't read either: I wasn't demanding faster info here. I simply noted that the incarnation of the story at the time did not indicate when the crime took place. but if Thuja's reading comprehension problems would have permitted, he/she/it would have seen that I was actually praising ljworld/lpd for getting such detailed info out so quickly.

Taxburger? that with red sauce? bacon (pork)?

nobody got hurt. that's the best part.

transient? you suppose he's partaken of the delights of the drunken/druggy shelter downtown?
came to lawrence for the freebies?

kernal 7 years ago

Evidentally he saw the forecast for temps in the nineties and opted for 24/7 a/c and three meals a day, paid for by thee and me. And if he's really good, tv privileges.

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