A Douglas County prosecutor Tuesday said a 21-year-old man accused of robbing a Lawrence credit union has a long criminal history, including being shot in 2009 attempting to rob someone at a Lawrence mobile home park.
That 2009 case against Timothy L. Hays was dismissed because the victim refused to testify, but David Melton, a chief assistant district attorney, said prosecutors consider Hays a “danger to the public.”
The district attorney’s office filed charges of aggravated robbery and obstruction against Hays, accusing him of committing the Monday afternoon robbery at the KU Credit Union, 3400 W. Sixth St.
“This crime, as the court knows from reading the affidavit, was committed in a brazen manner and was committed with a handgun,” Melton told Judge Pro Tem James George, who set bond for Hays at $250,000.
Police accuse Hays of approaching the counter of the credit union about 3 p.m. Monday. A teller told police the suspect showed a handgun and demanded money before grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash and leaving through the front door of the building, which is near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.
Lawrence police released surveillance photos of the suspect in the bank at the teller’s counter.
Officers who were in the area performing an investigation were able to locate the suspect walking around 6 p.m., Monroe said. After a brief foot chase, officers arrested Hays in the 600 block of Arizona Street.
Jail records identified Hays as a transient from Lawrence. Melton said prosecutors considered Hays a flight risk because he was unemployed and had ties to the Kansas City area.
George appointed Lawrence attorney Greg Robinson to represent Hays. He also ruled that — if Hays makes bond — he will need to wear a GPS-tracking bracelet.
A Lawrence police spokesman confirmed federal authorities were contacted in connection with the investigation into Monday’s robbery.
“Any time we have a bank robbery in Lawrence we usually contact the FBI,” Sgt. Michael Monroe said.
According to the KU Credit Union’s website, it is insured with the National Credit Union Administration, an independent federal agency.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Melton referred to the 2009 case when Hays and another man were shot when prosecutors said they were trying to rob someone Aug. 23 at Easy Living Mobile Home Park, 3323 Iowa.
That case was dismissed after the victim refused to testify, saying he was afraid of the defendants. Judge Robert Fairchild ordered the victim to serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court.
In this week’s case, Hays faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the aggravated robbery charge. He will next appear in court at 2 p.m. July 20 in front of Fairchild.