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Lawrence man, 31, faces charges in local burglaries

August 1, 2012

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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 Twitter.com/gdiepenbrock.

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budtugly 2 years, 1 month 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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Bob Forer 2 years, 1 month ago

Couldn't agree more. We are all fortunate nobody got hurt during the course of those burglaries. Home invasions have been known to become deadly, especially when the culprit has a violent criminal past.

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Topple 2 years, 1 month ago

Fortunate noone innocent got hurt. Unfortunate noone confronted him with a Louisville Slugger.

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Keith 2 years, 1 month ago

What happened to the gun theft the same morning?

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Alceste 2 years, 1 month 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 mean.....you 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?????

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thefisherman 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't generally like making long posts, but here are the answers.

K.S.A. 21-5221. Use of force; definitions. (a) As used in article 32 of chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, prior to their repeal, K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5202 through 21-5208, 21-5210 through 21-5212, and 21-5220 through 21-5231, and K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-3212a, 21-3220 and 21-3221, and amendments thereto: (1) "Use of force" means any or all of the following directed at or upon another person or thing: (A) Words or actions that reasonably convey the threat of force, including threats to cause death or great bodily harm to a person; (B) the presentation or display of the means of force; or (C) the application of physical force, including by a weapon or through the actions of another. (2) "Use of deadly force" means the application of any physical force described in paragraph (1) which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to a person. Any threat to cause death or great bodily harm, including, but not limited to, by the display or production of a weapon, shall not constitute use of deadly force, so long as the actor's purpose is limited to creating an apprehension that the actor will, if necessary, use deadly force in defense of such actor or another or to affect a lawful arrest. (b) An actor who threatens deadly force as described in subsection (a)(1) shall be subject to the determination in subsection (a) of K.S.A. 21-3211, prior to its repeal, or subsection (a) of K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5222, and amendments thereto, and not to the determination in subsection (b) of K.S.A. 21-3211, prior to its repeal, or subsection (b) of K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-5222, and amendments thereto.

K.S.A. 21-5223. Same; defense of dwelling, place of work or occupied vehicle; no duty to retreat. (a) A person is justified in the use of force against another when and to the extent that it appears to such person and such person reasonably believes that such use of force is necessary to prevent or terminate such other's unlawful entry into or attack upon such person's dwelling, place of work or occupied vehicle. (b) A person is justified in the use of deadly force to prevent or terminate unlawful entry into or attack upon any dwelling, place of work or occupied vehicle if such person reasonably believes that such use of deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to such person or another. (c) Nothing in this section shall require a person to retreat if such person is using force to protect such person's dwelling, place of work or occupied vehicle.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 1 month 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.

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JackMcKee 2 years, 1 month ago

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

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former_kansan 2 years, 1 month 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.

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kimthic 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey you how's my old roomies? The pharmacist??:) I would love to catch up. Carol here:)

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former_kansan 2 years, 1 month ago

(for all reading hes a legit pharmacist, graduated from ku.)Idk how he is, im no longer on facebook but last I knew he was happy and married in arizona. do you know how to private message on here? would love to speak with the best roommate i ever had.

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LA_Ex 2 years, 1 month ago

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

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Matthew Herbert 2 years, 1 month 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.

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joes_donuts 2 years, 1 month 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!

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ottawaway 2 years, 1 month 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????

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HangingTen 2 years, 1 month ago

It was a Postal Carrier, so the charges were Federal and not State or Local. It mentions he went to a federal prison.

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 1 month 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.

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50YearResident 2 years, 1 month 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"

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progressive_thinker 2 years, 1 month ago

Until he is convicted, he is eligible to vote as he pleases. He is ineligible to vote after conviction until the terms of any sentence and supervision are completed.

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John Spencer 2 years, 1 month 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.'

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

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

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Bladerunner 2 years, 1 month ago

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Ceallach 2 years, 1 month 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.

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oldbaldguy 2 years, 1 month ago

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

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