Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Three arrested, more charges filed, in alleged drug-related robbery at Lawrence McDonald’s

June 14, 2013, 2:24 p.m. Updated June 14, 2013, 4:11 p.m.


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Mario A. King

Mario A. King

Justin S. Alcorn

Justin S. Alcorn

Witness Jon Crawford, 31, of Topeka, gives his account of a shooting that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on June 1 in the parking lot of the McDonald's at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

Witness Jon Crawford, 31, of Topeka, gives his account of a shooting that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on June 1 in the parking lot of the McDonald's at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

Anthony D. Foster

Anthony D. Foster

Three Topeka men were arrested Thursday in connection with what police investigators are calling a drug-related robbery two weeks ago outside a Lawrence McDonald’s. With the arrests, four suspects are now in custody in the case. Two of them appeared in court Friday to face charges.

Last week, Lawrence police arrested Anthony Foster, 30, of Minneapolis, Kan., in connection with the case. Douglas County prosecutors have charged him with attempting to buy synthetic marijuana, and he is scheduled to appear in court on June 25.

A 31-year-old Topeka man reported the incident to police about 3 p.m. on June 1 and said a shot was fired in the parking lot of the restaurant at 4911 W. Sixth St., said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

The Topeka man suffered a minor injury to his hand, but was not shot, police said. No one was reported to be seriously injured in the incident and investigators still have not confirmed that a gun was fired in the parking lot, McKinley said.

Thursday in Topeka, Lawrence police arrested Mario A. King, 34, Justin S. Alcorn, 29, and Jesse J. Forbes, all of Topeka, McKinley said.

Arrest warrants had been issued for King and Alcorn last week, when police circulated their names and photos. King is on parole after spending nearly three years in Kansas prisons for killing a 20-year-old man in Topeka in 2008. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2009, he had been paroled last year.

King and Alcorn were booked into Douglas County Jail Thursday and appeared in Douglas County District Court Friday via video. Douglas County prosecutors charged King with aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor count of unlawfully seizing a vehicle, and two felony drug counts related to an alleged attempt to buy synthetic marijuana. He remained in jail Friday with bond set at $100,000. If convicted on the drug charges, he could face up to 17 years in prison.

In the same hearing, Alcorn was charged with possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana. He remained in jail Friday, with bond set at $30,000. If convicted, he could face 11 to 17 years in prison, depending on his criminal history.

Forbes is being held in Douglas County Jail on an outstanding warrant from Sedgwick County and has not yet been formally charged. He was booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery and a felony drug charge.


Scott Morgan 5 years ago

In my many many moons of life these type criminal intrigue me. Why not just add up the loot they make from illegal activities, subtract time spent in jail, subtract the obnoxious foobs (old saying from another part of country f =fool oob = goof) they hang with. Then do a tally while glancing over a rented cheap kitchen table at his methhead smelly girlfriend who would run away with another foob with a rented DVD and 6 bucks more in his wallet.

I would think being raped in prison must add some negatives to the petty career criminal life choice as well.

I know many many young men whom make a nice living doing physical type construction jobs.

Maracas 5 years ago

It seems King served less than 3 years for killing a man. Given that experience he may have figured that aggravated assault, stealing a car, a firearms charge and a couple of drug felonies might get him six months of unsupervised probation.

Ian_Cummings 5 years ago

It was Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of Homeland Security. We are doing reporting work on it, and will post a story when we have some facts. Ian Cummings, LJW.

akt2 5 years ago

Only a foob would spend their money on synthetic marijuana in the first place.

BringBackMark 5 years ago

Why do all of these dudes from Topeka look alike? There must be a special grooming salon over there that they all go to. I sure hope we're able to bill Shawnee County for cleaning up after them. Send these clowns on to the big house, and this time, keep them there.

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