Douglas County prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 19-year-old Horton man accusing him of entering two Lawrence homes early Friday and trying to assault two women as they slept in their beds.
Austin Lee Whitebird was charged in Douglas County District Court with two counts of aggravated burglary, both felonies, and two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. A judge on Saturday had set his bond at $40,000, and Judge Pro-Tem James George also ordered Whitebird not to have contact with any victims or witnesses or return to the victim’s addresses if he posts bond. He’s also barred from consuming alcohol or drugs as a bond condition.
Whitebird was arrested after a woman reported that she woke up about 3:45 a.m. and a man, who apparently had broken into her home just south of the Kansas University campus, was in her bed. Police were called, and although officers didn’t find the suspect, they remained in the area in unmarked vehicles.
About three hours later, police saw a man chasing Whitebird in the area. Police determined a second woman, who lived next door to the first victim, had awakened to find a man in bed with her. That woman’s husband hit the suspect over the head with a pot and chased him outside the house, where police arrested him.
The women did not know the attacker.
Whitebird’s next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.