Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Olathe man facing trial in botched home invasion in Lawrence says target was $30K in drug money

July 2, 2013


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One of three men charged in what police say was a botched home invasion in December testified today that he and two co-defendants were trying to rob a Lawrence drug dealer when he was accidentally shot.

Connor McKenzie Mayhan, 21, of Olathe, testified in Douglas County District Court in a preliminary hearing held to determine if all three of the defendants would face trial on robbery and burglary charges. Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel ruled that they would, and allowed the three to remain free on bond.

Mayhan has been charged, along with Alexander Christopher Eftekhar, 22, of Lawrence, and Andrew Michael Johns, 21, of Johnson County, with attempted aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated burglary. Mayhan and Eftekhar have also been charged with falsely reporting a crime.

The three were arrested after a Dec. 13 incident at a house in the 1200 block of New Jersey Street, when a resident reported that armed intruders had attempted to break into the home. Mayhan, testifying today as part of a plea agreement with Douglas County prosecutors, said the robbery plan was presented to him by Eftekhar, who also included Johns as a getaway driver.

Eftekhar believed a man living at the house on New Jersey Street would have up to $30,000 in cash on hand from selling marijuana, and wanted to break into the house and rob the man at gunpoint, Mayhan said. He said the two went to a Lawrence pawnshop to trade Eftekhar's gun in for a more intimidating firearm, a .22-caliber rifle built to resemble a submachine gun.

After smoking marijuana throughout the day, Mayhan said, he learned that Johns was also included in the plan, and the three waited until nightfall before driving to the house on New Jersey Street in Johns' Prius. Mayhan and Eftekhar tried to break down the door, but failed, and Mayhan was accidentally shot in the arm.

"We were getting pretty desperate," Mayhan said of the frantic attempts to break into the house. "There was a crack, a flash, to my right, and my arm went numb. That's when we panicked and ran," he said.

Because the wound required medical attention, the three called police and reported that they had been assaulted by armed intruders at the home of Mayhan and Eftekhar, in the 800 block of Mississippi Street. Later, at the hospital, a Lawrence Police Department investigator was able to trick Mayhan into admitting the false story by telling him Eftekhar had already started cooperating with police, which was not true, Mayhan said.

Mayhan said he was testifying for the prosecution as part of a plea agreement, in hopes of being sentenced to probation rather than facing prison time. All three of the defendants are scheduled to next appear in court in September.


rtwngr 4 years, 9 months ago

When you get out of jail maybe you can go to work as a brain surgeon or a double knot spy.

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

One of the kinds of crimes that would be extremely unlikely to occur if marijuana were legal.

otto 4 years, 9 months ago

Banks are legal, still wont stop thieves from being thieves. Thieves rob banks, I hate thieves.

wtfusa 4 years, 9 months ago

Mayhan should have said he admitted to the crime under the influence of heavy painkiller they give for gunshot wounds. No way I would talk to the cops in the hospital w/o a lawyer! nothing you can say to the cops can be used in your defense.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 9 months ago

I will get ripped again, but the police are protecting drug dealers. The dealer from McDonalds has a get out of jail free card, and the person who (allegedly) had drug money in the house gets away with it too.

somebodynew 4 years, 9 months ago

OK, here is a thought - the plan can't be too good if you are using a Prius as your get-away vehicle. But I guess if you spent all day smoking MJ, that probably didn't register.

DeutscherMist 4 years, 9 months ago

Nothing I hate more than a rat who "coopers" with the cops.

Jean Robart 4 years, 9 months ago

My thought exactly. If you cooper with the police, they should throw the book at you.

workinghard 4 years, 9 months ago

What I'd like to know is what the landlord of the house on New Jersey thought.

workinghard 4 years, 9 months ago

Well he didn't evict them, I know that much. Actually the rent is on the high end already which is why they have trouble keeping it rented.

Catalano 4 years, 9 months ago

How much constitutes "high end rent" around 12th & New Jersey? Just curious.

Currahee 4 years, 9 months ago

"investigator was able to trick Mayhan into admitting the false story" Anyone find this part a little disturbing or is it just me?

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

Police are allowed to use a variety of tactics involving deception when dealing with suspects.

I also find that disturbing.

oldbaldguy 4 years, 9 months ago

no cops do it all the time. if you are dumb enough to talk to them without an attorney you usually get screwed.

Bob Forer 4 years, 9 months ago

Whoever said crimnals were smart............or loyal to each other?

A trio of scoundrels.

JasonJ 4 years, 9 months ago

When does the madness end with these low level drug robberies in Lawrence?

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 9 months ago

Where ever there is money there will be madness.

otto 4 years, 9 months ago

And where ever there is morons there will be madness.

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