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A 22-year-old Lawrence man has been charged in an alleged home invasion reported Wednesday evening in which a resident told police that two men forced their way into his apartment with a gun and robbed him.
Charles M. Johnson was arrested by Lawrence police early this morning at a home in East Lawrence, where officers recovered property that they believe was stolen in the robbery, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.
The robbery was reported to police about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 2300 block of Wakarusa Drive, where the victim told police that he had answered a knock at his door and was assaulted by two men who pushed their way inside the apartment and struck him in the face.
Among the allegedly stolen property recovered was a laptop computer, a keyboard and a microphone, McKinley said. Police now believe an unknown quantity of marijuana also was stolen, in addition to cash and a cell phone. Police have not yet recovered a firearm believed to have been used in the robbery and they are seeking a second suspect.
Johnson appeared in Douglas County District Court today via video from the Douglas County Jail, where he is being held with bond set at $40,000. He has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery and is scheduled to appear in court again Tuesday.
If convicted of aggravated robbery, Johnson could face between 55 months and 20 years in prison, depending on his criminal history. He also faces charges of misdemeanor criminal damage and trespassing in an unrelated case.