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Lawrence carjacking suspect arrested in Texas

August 22, 2011


Douglas County prosecutors accuse a 26-year-old Lawrence woman wanted in connection with a July carjacking in west Lawrence with making a phone call to lure the victim to the area, according to court records.

Deondria L. Smith appeared in Douglas County District Court Monday afternoon on charges of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Police and prosecutors accuse Smith of conspiring with two men — Travis Brownlee, 33, and Charles Reed, 19 — the night of July 23 to rob a 28-year-old Lawrence man at gunpoint in the 2500 block of Winterbrook Drive.

The victim had been called to the area around 3:30 a.m. to help transport someone, but he said instead he was robbed by two men who stole the car after he was struck in the head.

Lawrence police had asked for the public’s help in finding all three suspects. Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Monday that officers had located Smith in Texas, where she was arrested. According to jail records, she was brought to Lawrence Saturday evening. Sarna said Monday the two men were still at large.

A judge set Smith’s bond Monday at $50,000, and her next hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call police, 785-832-7650, or Douglas County Crime Stoppers, 785-843-TIPS (8477). Callers to crime stoppers with information leading to the arrest or one of all of the suspects could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.


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