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.


bearded_gnome 1 year, 4 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?


snook3200 1 year, 4 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.


BadAssterson 1 year, 4 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."


maggieh 1 year, 4 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.


geekin_topekan 1 year, 4 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.


biggunz 1 year, 4 months ago

It surely won't be long until somebody is on here talking about what a great person he is.


anonymous17 1 year, 4 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.


geekin_topekan 1 year, 4 months ago

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


friendlyjhawk 1 year, 4 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!"


Robert Burnham 1 year, 4 months ago

What I'm getting from this is he HAD to start robbing people because their tuition is due, after having obtained a worthless Liberal Arts degree from KU. The duo were then apparently duped into going for that graduate degree in Sociology, with the false assumption that they would be able to find a job...


Greenbird 1 year, 4 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.


MarleysGhost 1 year, 4 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.


blue73harley 1 year, 4 months ago

What would really be germane to this story -does he have neck tattoos?


horseshoehalo1 1 year, 4 months ago

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


KiferGhost 1 year, 4 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.


kustudent13 1 year, 4 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.


HarmonKillabrew 1 year, 4 months ago

I wonder if these two will end up in jail for more than a couple of weeks?


Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 4 months ago

"At some point during the incident, one of the suspects received a gunshot wound to the arm."

Shot by the other suspect or the intended victim?


JackMcKee 1 year, 4 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?


Greg Cooper 1 year, 4 months ago

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


jhawkinsf 1 year, 4 months ago

This is better than anything you could make up.


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