Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2012

Former KU student arrested for botched armed robbery; second suspect in hospital with gunshot wound

December 13, 2012, 3:26 p.m. Updated December 13, 2012, 4:50 p.m.


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.


jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

This is better than anything you could make up.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 6 months ago

"The Journal World does not generally name suspects unless thay have been charged"????

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 6 months ago

We have since changed our policy regarding that. We now name suspects who have been arrested, with the exception of sex crimes, where we generally wait until and if they've been convicted.

Shaun LJW

Jean Robart 5 years, 6 months ago

does not name suspects in sex crimes till conviction. Anything else is fair game.

JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

Most likely another attempt to rob a dealer. It's an epidemic in Lawrence.

And who cares that he was a "former KU student"? Where did he go to high school? Where does he go to church? Where does he buy groceries? Is any of that really relavant?

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

It does indicate that there is perhaps some evidence for raising the admission standards at KU. You gotta admit these two scofflaws don't appear to be among the elite criminal element.

Or maybe he should have taken Robbery 101.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

This is what happens when the university recruits students for the sports program. You see the results all the time now.

Frank A Janzen 5 years, 6 months ago

No, it's not because of sports, it's because of the continuing increasing cost of tuition!! They're just trying to cover their college education.

kustudent13 5 years, 6 months ago

He went to a private school and comes from a good family. This has nothing to do with his upbringing and all to do with his own horrible decision and the kind of people he now surrounds himself with.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

We love those well off students, we have one in prison now for attacking his girlfriend most violently. Time to get rid of the sports crap that lures these well off bums to town who have nothing to do but jack around on daddy's dime.

Armored_One 5 years, 6 months ago

That "sports crap", to use your own words, puts quite a bit of cash into the local economy that normally would not be there, namely hotel bookings for out of state fans, food costs, gasoline, merchandise, random shopping downtown to kill time before or after a game...

I'm not a rabid fan of sports, by and large, but the actuality of the finances involved cannot be denied. Well, I suppose they can, but it's about as useful as denying gravity.

Perhaps the issue isn't the sports programs, but the mentality of the people playing the games. I can't remember the last time a sports coach for KU was in any kind of a legal SNAFU in Lawrence, but the kids, however... well, just ask Taco Bell how that drive thru window thing went for them. LOL

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

Time to ween the town of that crap so Lawrence can learn what other towns know, you need to produce something real and can't survive on expectation of drunken idiots grunting and groaning about their sports team. Let's move past being cavemen and put something a little more enlightened before us to pursue instead of support of an imaginary concept that by dressing in the right colors you are magically a member of the millionaires club who suck the life out of the university. Oh and now sucking more life out of the town with their nonsense sportsmegaplex.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

"He went to a private school and comes from a good family."

Translation: His family has a lot of money.

I think part of his problem stems from the fact the our culture, as evidenced by comment, equates money with goodness.

From your misguided perspective, Alex could do no wrong because of his wealth. Wrong. There are a lot of people of wealth out there with anti-social tendencies. Having money does not inoculate one from having character disorders. In fact, possessing wealth may in fact be the end-product of a warped character.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

And with your last sentence, you wind up painting with as wide a brush as the person to whom you responded.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

Your reading comprehension skills are lacking. Read again. "MAY in fact be ...."

Apparently, you are unfamiliar with the Bible:

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

When considering an economic model on which I might base a society, I would not seek guidance from the Bible. When considering sentencing guidelines, I would not seek advice from the Bible. There are a multitude of issues I would not seek advice from the Bible.

Hide behind First Timothy if you care, but your comment was as stereotypical as the one above.

kustudent13 5 years, 6 months ago

No, translation: He came from a loving household with parents with good morals. Having money doesn't mean someone is going to take advantage of the situation and do whatever they want. Just like everyone with low socioeconomic standing isn't going to either. You're just stereotyping, TheSychophant.

ebyrdstarr 5 years, 6 months ago

You'll be pleased to know that kidnapping is a level 3 person felony, which would carry a prison term of at least 3-4 years even with no criminal history. Robbery is a level 5, which would be a prison term for anyone with any criminal history. And if it's upgraded to agg robbery (for having a gun), it would be a level 3. And then there's the gun thing. For any level of crime, the involvement of a gun means there is no presumption of probation.

ebyrdstarr 5 years, 6 months ago

Now that there are more facts, I would suspect that we're really looking at attempted crimes here, which will bring everything down two levels.

kustudent13 5 years, 6 months ago

I wish people would stop making assumptions and that the Lawrence Journal World would get all their facts right. This is why I can't stand the media.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

Have to admire the landlords who have been letting the houses turn into party houses without regard to the families living in the area. There are plenty of violations in the area from the number of non related people who can live in a house in a residential area and their cars parked on the lawns. From what I've heard the house in question where the thug has been living has been operating like a drug house. Guess our city is too busy working on their own con games to concern themselves with this stuff.

horseshoehalo1 5 years, 6 months ago

Since you seem to know all the facts, why dont you enlighten us?

kustudent13 5 years, 6 months ago

I would but I'm a believer in maintaining some shred of privacy (even in situations such as this). The police are the only people who should be so involved.

parrothead8 5 years, 6 months ago

I bet the people he tried to rob wish he had maintained their "shred of privacy" instead of trying to violate the sanctity of their home. Like it or not, when you make a stupid choice like this, you're not necessarily entitled to privacy when you get caught.

kustudent13 5 years, 6 months ago

You're naive to believe the people they tried to rob are completely innocent. It's not like this was a random house with top notch citizens.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

I don't think anyone expects that. Scum runs with scum.

kustudent13 5 years, 6 months ago

That is not what I am implying. The fact is that both the victims and suspects have been robbed before without reporting it to the police. It would be incorrect and misleading to paint a picture of innocent victims and horrible criminals when everyone involved has broken the law in one way or another. It's not a justification but I believe everyone should get what's coming to them.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh my, how much growing up you have left to do.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

You are forgetting two important facts.

1) Being a criminal does not deprive one of equal protection under the law. In our modern society, vigilantism is not only frowned upon in our society, it is illegal.

2) You are forgetting about the innocent people who lived in the area of the crimes. Their bodily safety was jeopardized by this outrageous conduct.

If you are suggesting that this nice young man committed a violent robbery in retaliation for having a violent robbery committed against him, I have no sympathy. Innocent peoples' iives were endangered. When you play with fire, one is apt to get burned.

Haiku_Cuckoo 5 years, 6 months ago

"The gd*m Germans ain't got nothing to do with this!" - Sheriff Buford T. Justice

MarleysGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

It doesn't matter that the neighbors have complained about this house and the never ending stream of people going in and out (because we did). The city has never bothered to follow up on the complaint or return phone calls. And now here we are living near armed thugs - wonderful.

Greenbird 5 years, 6 months ago

We also complained to the city about that house. It was obvious what was going on over there. The tenants didn't even bother to try to conceal it in any way. Yet the city did nothing. To learn now that other neighbors were complaining too makes me even more angry than I was before. Why were our complaints ignored? And what about the (apparently absentee) landlord who takes no responsibility for allowing the property to be used the way it has been? This is how neighborhoods go down the crapper and the city doesn't care.

kawrivercrow 5 years, 6 months ago

Meh, I've pretty much gotten a BA in liberal arts just by logging onto the LJW around once a month and reading the comments.

friendlyjhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

Name those arrested. Why not? Families too sensitive to realize they have a family member with a problem that in some way they contributed too? Latest mass murderer was described as a gentle, nice person. You know one of those gentle, nice people that murder others. Notice that the paper doesn't hesitate to mention that someone killed or injured in a vehicle accident wasn't wearing a seat beat,or a helmet thereby assigning blame to the deceased or injured. The purient public of Lawrence is just the purient public anywhere that sucks up on GMA or anything other media that righteously digs until the "facts' are available because we have a "right to know!"

geekin_topekan 5 years, 6 months ago

Ku students, buigger menace to the people of Lawrence than the homeless could even dream of being?

anonymous17 5 years, 6 months ago

Okay, everyone. Let me begin this comment by saying that I have known the named suspect for years now and he does not fit the qualifications of any of the accusations being thrown by other users. He comes from a family that is well off, but they're kind people. Alex was going through a very rough time in his life, and unfortunately, it manifested in a very negative fashion. He is not associated with KU athletics, nor is he the product of a wealthy lifestyle. For years, he has consistently held one, if not multiple, jobs to earn his keep, as well as doing freelance work on the side. While his actions are completely in the wrong, I know there are some underlying psychological struggles which caused his actions. I hate to admit it, but desperate circumstances can sometimes lead to even more desperate actions. I think it would be best to investigate the reason for his actions in order to better understand this unfortunate event and decide which route to take.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

I'd try to show some pity but considering how many kids who are other than white who are just end up another statistic it is hard to feel too bad. There are a lot of people who had it really bad who deserve more of the public's time to consider how their lives led them to what they may have done, many times just being framed for something instead.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

I know a lot of times when I had a bad day I'd load up the rifle and go try to force my way into someone's home.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

Most people who commit crimes have "some underlying psychological struggles." In fact, most of us will experience severe "psychological struggles" at some point in our lives. But more significantly, the fact remains that most people under inordinate psychological stress do not commit crimes..

I disagree with you. We have no obligation to understand him. On the contrary, it it his obligation to understand himself, and why he decided to endanger the lives of others. An appropriate prison term should give him an opportunity to reflect.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

Question for anonymous17:

You are a new member who signed in to post your transparently fawning comments about a so-called wonderful family. Question: are you a family member, or do you work in the family's used car business?

TheSycophant 5 years, 6 months ago

You are a member who has been posting since 2005 anonymously with 2k+ comments. It seems like calling people out from behind your computer screen and being controversial are things you take pleasure in.

His family, life-circumstances, and anything else like that are irrelevant. However you shouldn't call people out on talking about what a good person he is unless you have some experience with. Are you a family member or do you work in family's used car business? Or do you just like to spend a lot of time looking up people on the internet in order to prove your point?

People talking about what a good person he is probably are just trying to make sense of the whole thing because to them, this seems completely out of character. There is no harm in this.

People throwing out judgements and making snarky comments are either taking pleasure out of this horrible situation (for everyone involved in it) or just have nothing better to do.

Until everything is known about this particular situation, speculating and talking about it like you are an authority on the matter is no better than what appears on tabloids.

And snarky comments are cute when you are still in high school, but posting them in an anonymous online forum is just sad.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

"And snarky comments are cute when you are still in high school, but posting them in an anonymous online forum is just sad."

This is a truly momentous occasion. On your very first post on the forums (at least with this hijacked screen name), you win:


Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

Okay, so you work for the family in the used car business. Thanks for clearing that up.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

"People talking about what a good person he is probably are just trying to make sense of the whole thing because to them, this seems completely out of character. There is no harm in this."

There are only two people on this board talking about "what a good person he is." You and kustudent13. Both of you are obviously new members who signed on specifically to make comments on this story. Both of you obviously have an agenda.

Assuming you are two different persons, it is obvious that both of you are either family or close friends of the family, which makes your opinions obviously biased. And that fact is relevant and germane in passing on the credibility of your opinions.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

" I think it would be best to investigate the reason for his actions in order to better understand this unfortunate event and decide which route to take."

So you are suggesting that he should not be prosecuted, or the charges reduced?

Sorry, but the citizens are sick and tired of rich criminals being treated differently than the rest of us. He committed a violent crime while using a firearm, a crime where somebody was shot. That's all I need to know. Whether he has a drug addiction, is unemployed, has financial problems, or "feels unloved" is irrelevant.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if he had any prior felonies? I'll bet that KU would have been happy to hire him and have an armed intruder in their midst.

maggieh 5 years, 6 months ago

I had been friends with Alex for about four years before we stopped talking about a year ago. The Alex I knew was always a risk taker, but never in a way that endangered others. He is extremely smart, funny and a very loyal friend. I think there is more to this story than we're being told, and I am disgusted with 'Shaun Hittle' for using his full name when he hasn't even been formally charged in district court yet. To those attacking Alex's family-- I urge you to have a little respect, even if you do not have any for him. They are wonderful people and have done nothing to you or anyone else.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

Another new poster with an agenda. When regular bloggers start echoing similar sentiments, i will try to take them seriously.

TheSycophant 5 years, 6 months ago

I try to take people who spend all of their free time posting in online forums seriously. And your posts don't have an agenda? Please.

I'm sick and tired of people hating on people who are well off because they get away with things. Yes, it is unfair. But complaining about it instead of trying to help those who are in trouble who don't have the funds for a decent lawyer doesn't do any good. And who are you to speak for all of the citizens everywhere? Is there a brigade of bitter bloggers?

Again, people who are defending Alex are probably trying to process this because they can't see him as something who would do something like this. How is that an agenda? I am having trouble understanding this also, but I don't feel sorry for him and I believe he should be punished in whatever way the court sees fit.

I do feel sorry for his family, this must be a complete surprise to them and might blame themselves. Alex was an adult, he made up his own mind to do something this horrible and stupid.

Bob Forer 5 years, 6 months ago

If you truly desire to help Alex and his family, or "process" and understand the events for your own edification, I suggest you do so privately. I don't think your public attacks against others who don't agree with you does anything to help them. If you were smart you would be cognizant of the fact that the only bloggers here who have anything positive to say about him are two people--you and another--who obviously know him quite well.

If you want to help his family, show a little more discretion. Apparently you are too biased to realize your pathetic attempt as Alex's public relations spokesperson/damage control expert is not going over very well.

asixbury 5 years, 6 months ago

No one's attacking his family. The fact is, Alex allegedly did something against the law and endangered the lives of several people. He deserves to be punished in the court of law if found guilty. Who cares how nice his family is--that is irrelevant. There are no excuses for what he and his accomplice did.

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 6 months ago

He was charged Friday.

It's the Journal-World's policy now to name suspects, and individual reporters don't decide whether to name or not to name.

The information is also posted on the jail's booking log.

Shaun LJW

5 years, 6 months ago

After looking at his facebook photos looks like he may have had some serious car payments to make and needed some "quick cash."

snook3200 5 years, 6 months ago

he committed a crime in douglas county. but dont worry the have a grid. and he will get off just like every other kid that does bad things to innocent people in this town. the only thing these kids hear is grid, probation, give the county some money and off they go to be bad some more. that is why there is no control in this town. and everything is out of control. innocent people have no rights. not in this county.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 6 months ago

wow,somebody brought pop corn?

so did this guy study acting at KU? if so, I don't think he got a good grade.

Eftekhar had most recently been enrolled at KU during the summer semester.

---and maybe KU should start requiring comportment classes for all undergrads nowadays?

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