Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lawrence man, 31, faces charges in local burglaries

August 1, 2012


Douglas County prosecutors filed two counts of aggravated burglary and two other charges on Wednesday against a 31-year-old Lawrence man accused of entering two northern Lawrence homes early Tuesday while residents were sleeping.

Lawrence police have said they also are trying to determine whether the suspect, Ronald Kenneth Brooks Jr., can be linked to dozens of other similar burglaries in the city in recent months.

Assistant Douglas County District Attorney James McCabria said Wednesday that Brooks had a significant criminal history, including a 2008 assault of a mail carrier in Topeka.

Prosecutors charged Brooks Wednesday with two counts of aggravated burglary, accusing him of entering two local homes through unlocked doors.

In the first burglary, police were called at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of Northwood Lane. Police said another incident was reported in the same block later Tuesday morning after a resident discovered someone had attempted to open a sliding glass door. Prosecutors did not file any formal charges in connection with that incident.

The second burglary was just before 6 a.m. Tuesday on Woodlawn Drive, southeast of Peterson Road and Princeton Boulevard. The suspect ran from the house, and an officer in the area later apprehended him near Deerfield School. He also faces charges of obstruction and of attempted theft, for trying to steal a purse from one of the houses Tuesday morning.

According to court records and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation offender registry, Brooks received probation for a 2004 lewd and lascivious conviction in Douglas County. Brooks also spent about four years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to aggravated assault on a U.S. Postal carrier in Topeka in 2008 and possessing a gun after he was barred from doing so because of a 2004 Brown County drug conviction.

According to federal court records, Brooks, who had consumed drugs that day, admitted on May 12, 2008, he displayed a handgun as he entered a residence looking for a man, but when he could not find him he went back out to the street, where he confronted a mail carrier, striking him several times in the face, breaking his eye socket and cheekbone.

McCabria said at Brooks’ first appearance Wednesday that federal authorities plan to seek a revocation of his parole in the federal case as well. McCabria said prosecutors here consider Brooks a flight risk, so pro-tem Judge James George agreed to set his bond at $50,000 in the burglary case.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

— Reporter George Diepenbrock can be reached at 832-7144. Follow him at


oldbaldguy 1 year, 8 months ago

he is a criminal. drugs are only part of it.


Ceallach 1 year, 8 months ago

So many haters out there! "According to federal court records, Brooks, who had consumed drugs that day," The magic words have been put forth--he had consumed drugs that day--so we need to display sympathy for him and find a beneficial government program to help the poor man. He is obviously the biggest victim here, a victim of drugs. It wasn't him, it was the drugs. He just needs another chance.


twobigones 1 year, 8 months ago

Come on all of you Lawrence liberals give this guy the same break you give all criminals. His actions are not his fault, society has forced him to fend for himself until the right liberal dependency package is created to take care of him. He has had a hard life, shoot'in pool and drink'in beer by day and pulling the night shift around town, Hell I bet the poor son of a gun grew up in a nasty republican home forcing him to flee responsibility and find solace in a life of socialism. It is our fault he is a burglar and our responsibility and moral duty to care for him and his dependents. If we shun this obligation where does it stop. We must explain to our children and grandchildren that we as taxpayers can not afford to give them the best things in life so that we can support a segment of our great American society that otherwise would be forced in to personal responsibility. Please let's add to the job base and get him off the night shift........come for false hope and spare change!


Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

Barry Soreto Jr. needs to go to the crossbar hotel for a long time.


John Spencer 1 year, 8 months ago

"someone had attempted to failed to open a sliding glass door."

Did you mean 'someone had attempted, but failed to open a sliding glass door.'


Gotland 1 year, 8 months ago

Can he still vote for Obama?


50YearResident 1 year, 8 months ago

Let him out on bail. The odds are that he will enter the wrong home sometime soon. Murphey's Law will catch up to him. "If something can go wrong, it will"


FlintlockRifle 1 year, 8 months ago

Glad they got the fellow, just hope it is the right person, looking at this guy don't think he could out run a 44 Cal.. which travels about 1050 feet per second. Great job to all the LPD.


ottawaway 1 year, 8 months ago

The Shawnee Co District court website states all the 2008 charges on this criminal were dismissed. Can't imagine why? A violent assualt on an innocent person that just happens to be in the area, felony possession of a firearrm????


joes_donuts 1 year, 8 months ago

Also in the news, the other 11 LPD officers spent the entire night trying to catch 20 yr old college students with beer in their hands. Although no tasers where needed or used, the dangerous operation resulted in 4 vicious drinkers being issues Minor in Possession tickets. LPD declared Lawrence a safer place after the successful night!


Matthew Herbert 1 year, 8 months ago

What's the old saying? 90% of the crimes are done by 10% of the criminals. Sounds like this guy is filling his career quota.


LA_Ex 1 year, 8 months ago

Is this the same guy that broke into the fire station at 6th and Kasold?


budtugly 1 year, 8 months ago

Joe Hyde, this scum was not a "gentleman". I can only assume you were maybe being sarcastic.


former_kansan 1 year, 8 months ago

hes from sabetha kansas. he was a kid needing a place to stay in 2001 and my roomate and I needed some rent for an empty bedroom...bad idea. 3 guys showed up to rob him of his drugs and I was the only one home when they came knocking...they also brought a handgun and shot me in the back as i walked away from the apartment. He never even apologized or thanked me for taking his bullet. I can only hope that every episode of OZ that I have seen comes true for this p.o.s. I heard he had a kid or 2, hope they never have to see or hear from him again.


JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Topeka exporting their thugs to Lawrence. Some things never change.


Joe Hyde 1 year, 8 months ago

Excellent work by the police. Presumably the apprehension took place at the end of a foot chase, or foot/car chase. No easy trick, pursuit in a suburban setting with so many physical barriers, defensive dogs, clotheslines, etc.

If this gentleman is the cat burgler who's plagued Lawrence for the last few months, then it's supergood he got caught. First off it probably saved his life, getting arrested. But with his arrest we learn of his priors for crime and violent attack; thus his arrest more importantly may have saved an innocent citizen's life had the burglaries continued much longer.

Excellent work by the police.


Alceste 1 year, 8 months ago

Alceste still wanna know if during the course of an aggravated burglary and the victim awakes, can they legally exit their bedroom firing away with a shotgun, handgun, machine pistol, automatic weapon.....swinging baseball bat or whatever??????

I wake up....hear aggravated burglars in your home.....and you can't exit from where you are in the house blasting away to protect the castle AND your person?????


Keith 1 year, 8 months ago

What happened to the gun theft the same morning?


budtugly 1 year, 8 months ago

"where he confronted a mail carrier, striking him several times in the face, breaking his eye socket and cheekbone." This SOB needs some hard time!


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