A 35-year-old Maryland man charged with robbing two Lawrence convenience stores in November waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.
Daniel C. Cisneros, of Elkton, Md., is charged with a Nov. 25 robbery at Zarco 66 convenience, 1500 E. 23rd St., as well as a Nov. 26 attempted robbery at Kwik Shop, 1611 E. 23rd St.
Witnesses reported similar behaviors by the suspect in both cases, in which a white man wearing a hat with the West Virginia University logo confronted employees and demanded money. In the Nov. 25 robbery, no weapon was displayed. In the Nov. 26 attempt, the man put his hand under his shirt, giving the impression he had a weapon. Employees in that attempt refused to give the man money, and he fled.
Cisneros — who police say was in Lawrence visiting relatives — is scheduled for trial April 24 and is free on $10,000 bond.
Robbery is a level-5 person felony in Kansas and, depending on someone's criminal history, a conviction could result in penalties ranging from probation to 136 months in prison.