A 21-year-old former Kansas University student is in jail, and another person is being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm following what police say was a botched armed robbery early Thursday morning.
Alex Christopher Eftekhar was arrested on robbery, burglary and kidnapping charges stemming from an incident started a few minutes after midnight Thursday, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.
McKinley gave this account:
Two suspects, one of whom was Eftekhar, went to a residence in the 1200 block of New Jersey Street, and announced themselves as police. At least one of the suspects was wearing a ski mask and armed with a rifle.
The duo tried to force their way into the home but the resident prevented the suspects from entering the home and called police.
At some point during the incident, one of the suspects received a gunshot wound to the arm. Because the injury required medical care, the two suspects called police and reported that they had been robbed at their home in the 800 block of Mississippi Street. Part of their story was that the suspect was shot during that fictitious crime.
McKinley said officers untangled the events of the evening during interviews. An arrest of the second suspect is anticipated after he is treated for the gunshot wound, he said. Many other details of the crime are still being investigated.
Eftekhar was booked into Douglas County Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary, but has not yet been charged in district court.
Bond has not been set.
According to a records check with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, Eftekhar does not have a criminal record in Kansas. A KU spokeswoman confirmed that Eftekhar had most recently been enrolled at KU during the summer semester.