Archive for Saturday, September 1, 2012

2 suspects charged in pistol-whipping incident

September 1, 2012


Two 19-year-old Topeka men were charged Friday in Douglas County District Court with numerous crimes related to a Wednesday incident in which a Kansas University student was pistol-whipped during a robbery at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st St.

Sterling James Wilkins and Garrett Paulson were each charged with attempted aggravated robbery and theft, while Wilkins received additional charges of aggravated battery and interfering with a law enforcement officer.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said police were called at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday to the apartment complex.

Police said three KU students were sitting in a sport-utility vehicle in a parking lot Wednesday night, and another student was standing outside the vehicle, when two men approached them and demanded marijuana.

The occupants told the suspects they didn’t have any marijuana. One of the suspects then threatened to shoot the occupants before demanding money and property.

A struggle ensued between the armed suspect and the male student standing outside the SUV. The suspect punched the victim, then struck the victim on top of his head with the pistol, which fired into the ground.

The suspects took the victim’s keys and fled in another vehicle.

Medics treated the robbery victim, but he declined to be taken to the hospital, McKinley said.

About 12:35 a.m. Thursday, police received a report of vehicle burglaries in the 1000 block of Vermont Street.

“Witnesses reported seeing two individuals, who matched the description of the suspects involved in the incident at The Reserve, checking several vehicles parked in the city parking lot,” McKinley said. “They advised the subjects made entry to one vehicle prior to officers arriving.”

Police recovered a handgun, holster and keys to the robbery victim’s vehicle.

Bond for both men was set at $50,000. Several of the charges carry maximum penalties of 136 months each. A preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.


thebcman 5 years, 8 months ago

Is there no waste collection service in Topuka? Why does their trash constantly end up here? Time to build that wall.

Keith 5 years, 8 months ago

Where's Kris Kobach when you need him, protecting our borders.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 8 months ago

19 years old now- potentially 30 when they get out. Good life choice.

Topple 5 years, 8 months ago

Discharged his weapon when he pistol whipped the kid. Bad news for him. Good news for society if we get him off the streets.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 8 months ago

It may relate to this crime, but I noticed Sterling J. Wilkins appears on the Shawnee County Sheriff's page as having an outstanding warrant. I'm guessing there are easier ways to turn yourself in for an outstanding warrant than to pistol whip someone.

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

Branson will have 'em back on the streets before the snow falls . . .

KEITHMILES05 5 years, 8 months ago

Why is it Douglas county has such a high rate of sex crimes committed by those living in Douglas county? Say what you want about Topeka but the horrendous sex crimes are so off the chart it's embarassing.

ljwhirled 5 years, 8 months ago

'cause KU is here which means we have a substantially higher percentage of men between 18 and 24 than other communities.

It is the same reason the sex crime rate is so high in the military and on or near other University campuses.

Put a bunch of lawyers together, add money, and someone is going to get sued. Put a bunch of 18 - 24 year old men together, add alcohol, and someone is going to get beat up or raped.

Topple 5 years, 8 months ago

At least if it's a legitimate rape against a female, she'll be able to shut 'er down.

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

Darwin's Law rules. These two guys are less than brilliant. They flee the scene of a crime where a gun was discharged and instead of getting the hell out of Dodge, they try to commit another crime.

Self-culling of the herd, I guess.

timetogrow 5 years, 8 months ago

Is everyone in Lawrence always this oppionated? ,Do you know these kids? Do you believe everything you read. Lawrence is full of students from all over and there is crime from all kinds of people there, not just topeka.One of the kids didnt have the gun didnt harm the victims, however everyone is quick both kids fairly. Sentencing should be imposed per the crime, you shouldnt be punished for another idiots mistake and your legal system making examples out of 19 year old kids should be ashamed of themselves. Rehabilitation should always be the first in a first time offender situation. Which is one of the kids situation. People should care more about society and not so much about the drama and the comments. mind your own business the families and victims and kids are all paying the price in this crime.

Woodley1 5 years, 7 months ago

I have known Garrett all my life we used to be best friends. He was a really good person growing up. It's upsetting to read this and then for him to be judged by you ppl who don't even know him. He is not a bad person. He did not hit the person or anything. No he shouldn't of been there but it was a mistake. He needs good people in his life to help him. I still believe in you Garrett

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