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Prison parolee arrested in connection with robberies, crowbar attack at Lawrence pharmacy and pizza restaurant

July 22, 2013

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Matthew G. Allender

Matthew G. Allender

A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with two robberies Sunday, at a pharmacy and a pizza restaurant in Lawrence, where a suspect allegedly threatened several employees, and struck one, with a crowbar.

Matthew Glen Allender was arrested about 6 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area near the 800 block of Highland Drive, in central Lawrence, where police were searching for a suspect in the robbery of Domino's Pizza, at 832 Iowa St.

Allender had recently been paroled from Kansas prisons, where he served time for burglary and theft convictions in Shawnee County. Douglas County prosecutors charged him today with aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery in connection with two separate incidents Sunday morning and evening.

Police had responded to the reported robbery at Domino's about 5:40 p.m., hours after a similar robbery had been reported about 10:45 a.m. at a CVS Pharmacy, at 4841 Bauer Farm Drive, near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, said Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

At the CVS, store employees told police that a man entered the store carrying a crowbar, threatened employees with it and demanded money. The store clerk complied by opening the register, McKinley said, and the man grabbed some money and fled.

About six hours later, employees at the Domino's Pizza on Iowa Street made a similar report of a man threatening employees with a crowbar and demanding money. In this case, the man struck an employee with the crowbar and fled when his demands weren't met immediately, McKinley said. The employee who was struck was not injured.

Employees at both stores gave descriptions of a suspect, and video from security cameras at the CVS led police to believe the same man had committed both robberies.

As numerous police officers searched for the suspect near Domino's, a resident in the 800 block of Highland Drive reported a man hiding in a backyard. Police arrested Allender in a nearby wooded area, and he was booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of the two robberies and the reported battery of the Domino's employee.

Allender remained in Douglas County Jail today, with bond set at $60,000. Allender had briefly escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility in 2011 while serving time for a previous conviction, and is listed as a parole absconder by the Department of Corrections, after being paroled to Shawnee County in May.

Allender is scheduled to appear in court again Wednesday. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, depending on his criminal history.

Comments

bevy 1 year, 5 months ago

Guess he missed his 3 hots and a cot. He doesn't look too unhappy about going back in. Glad no one was seriously hurt!

Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 5 months ago

I am thinking bad thoughts about the Parole Board.

ebyrdstarr 1 year, 5 months ago

There was no parole board involved. For some odd reason, DOC still refers to it on its website as a person being "paroled," but release terms are set purely based on statute. No person or board is responsible for deciding when the vast majority of convicted felons are released. This guy had a set term of months and was released when he served that term (minus any good time he earned), none of which was in the discretion of anyone.

jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Then why would he be called a "parole absconder", which implies he was on parole, and violated the terms of that?

ebyrdstarr 1 year, 5 months ago

Because "postrelease supervision absconder" is clunkier and doesn't fit in the box on KDOC's website. Defendants who are sentenced to the grid do receive a set term of months after they are released when they are supervised. Screwing up means they can be incarcerated again for short periods of time. It functions like parole supervision except when a defendant will be released is not decided by a parole board and there's not much discretion about how long he'll serve if he's found to have violated postrelease.

jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Ah, thanks.

I didn't know that. Does everybody have to do that, even if they're served out their complete sentence, and aren't being released early?

If so, it seems a bit harsh to me - they've already done their time.

ebyrdstarr 1 year, 5 months ago

Postrelease supervision is part of every grid sentence. Even if the judge forgets to mention it at sentencing, it's just imposed as a matter of law. How much postrelease any defendant serves is entirely dependent upon the severity level of the crime. If a defendant is released before serving the entire prison term because of earning good time credit (the only way a grid defendant gets out "early"), that time gets added on to the postrelease period. The idea is that we want released convicts to have some help in transitioning to life outside. It doesn't really function that way, sadly, but that is the idea.

jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks again.

That sounds like a good idea to me, rather than an extension of punishment. It's too bad it doesn't actually work well.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 5 months ago

Time for crowbar control legislation, a 5-day waiting period at Home Depot and "no crowbar" signs on public buildings.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

Allender had recently been paroled from Kansas prisons, where he served time for burglary and theft convictions in Shawnee County. Douglas County prosecutors charged him today with aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery in connection with two separate incidents Sunday morning and evening.

---plus the obscounding? sure sounds like he got paroled awfully quickly!

I'm also thinking this dude was needing some useful edumacation in a useful skil set in the joint?

hiphopsux 1 year, 5 months ago

how do you escape from prison and then get out 2 years later? Wasn't the writing on the wall here?

patkindle 1 year, 5 months ago

just another poor mis-understood doper so sad, it wasn't his fault, blame someone else drugs are good, everyone in Lawrence says so

himni 1 year, 5 months ago

Maybe if you don't know a person or thier situation you shouldn't be so quick to pass judgement.... Yes drugs are bad. But life can be too. Or at least where I come from anyways. He is a good man that has never had a person crime before. Personally I know, if he even did commit these crimes, he never intended on hurting anyone.

Ewok79 1 year, 5 months ago

It looks like those state budget cuts are taking effect. Thanks Sam.

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