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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Man with illegal gun, bulletproof vest detained at Lawrence bank on Tuesday

February 6, 2013

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Lawrence police detained a man wearing a bulletproof vest under his shirt and seized a gun Tuesday afternoon after employees at a bank reported the man was behaving suspiciously.

Employees at Bank of America, 900 Ohio St., called police about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday after they saw the man approaching the bank while wearing a bulletproof vest, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. The man, who is in his 20s, had been at the bank previously and had conflicts with employees there.

When officers arrived, they detained the man and confirmed he was wearing a bulletproof vest under his shirt. Police seized a firearm from the man's vehicle and suspect he possessed it illegally as a person who had been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

The man has not been booked into jail, and police forwarded information about the incident to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for review, McKinley said.

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Comments

ScottyMac 1 year, 2 months ago

Sooo, we're all safer when guys like this are armed, right?

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weiser 1 year, 2 months ago

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 2 months ago

You have to be a bit off your rocker to rob a bank. The sum of money that you're going to get is rather small, and your chances of getting caught are rather high.

It's much better to get a job at McDonald's flipping burgers for a few months, and you'll get about the same amount of money. The only problem is, it won't be quite as exciting, and I tend to think that the thrill of it is a large part of the reason some criminals commit crimes.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 2 months ago

"So he got arrested for wearing a bulletproof vest?"

I'm not sure about Kansas, but it is illegal in some states. California is one.

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 2 months ago

ANother "warrior" in a well regulated militia?

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JackMcKee 1 year, 2 months ago

Probably just out for a nice afternoon stroll.

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Bursting 1 year, 2 months ago

So he got arrested for wearing a bulletproof vest?

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volunteer 1 year, 2 months ago

I also, budtugly, recently closed my BOA accts and opened them at a more local bank for HALF the fees.

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budtugly 1 year, 2 months ago

I doubt this guy was a member of any organization. He probably got tired of Bank of America charging him a fee for everything under the sun. I closed my account there a few months ago for that reason. He should not have been able to get a gun though , with mental issues as he seemed to have.

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Karl_Hungus 1 year, 2 months ago

Sure he was just guarding the bank or getting some cash on his way to guarding a school

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

Would stricter gun laws have prevented this situation?

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Jim Phillips 1 year, 2 months ago

Kudos to the bank, not so much for the LJW. Did the suspect have and illegal gun? If so, what was illegal about it? The story suggests he may have illegally owned it. Big difference, there Ian.

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Majestic42 1 year, 2 months ago

Surprised the gun wasn't called a fully automatic AK-15 or anything like that.

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Tammy Copp-Barta 1 year, 2 months ago

Bank of America always has a guard standing outside their doors. Assume he's the one that reacted .. GREAT JOB!!!

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 2 months ago

Good job bank people, more people should be aware of what comes and goes in your place of business-- ------thanks PS. Hope you all get something from higher ups for being abservant, maybe extra 1/2 lucnh if nothing else

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