Attempted robberies reported Friday and Saturday, following armed robbery on Thanksgiving
A woman was almost robbed at gunpoint in downtown Lawrence this weekend, and two men unsuccessfully tried to rob a business on Friday, police say.
Both reported crimes come after police responded to an armed robbery on Thanksgiving. So far, nobody has been arrested in any of the incidents.
On Friday night two men — one a heavy-set black man with an average build and dark clothing, the other a white man of average height wearing a red hooded sweatshirt — entered a business later identified through Lawrence Police Department incident reports as Miller Mart/Glass House Liquor, 2301 Wakarusa Drive, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads.
After the two men entered the business, possibly armed, Rhoads said an employee pushed the store’s panic button, causing the men to run.
The men fled in an unknown direction without having stolen anything, Rhoads said. Neither was found.
Lawrence Police Department activity logs indicate a dozen officers responded to the scene at 11:19 p.m.
The clothing of one suspect from Friday night’s attempted robbery matches the clothing description of a suspect in the Nov. 19 robbery of Woody’s Gas Express, 920 N. Second St.
In addition, the attempted robbery comes one day after a business was robbed on Thanksgiving.
On Thursday, an approximately 6-foot-tall white man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt robbed Dollar General, 1811 W. Sixth St., of an undisclosed amount of money after brandishing a weapon, Rhoads said. He then fled, heading east of the business.
Rhoads did not respond to follow-up questions asking if the incidents or suspects are connected.
On Saturday evening a woman was robbed at gunpoint as she got out of her vehicle in the 800 block of New Hampshire Street, Rhoads said.
The woman told investigators a white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt approached her from behind and brandished a handgun, Rhoads said. The man’s face was covered by a red scarf or mask and he demanded the woman’s purse.
The woman screamed and ran away, while the suspect ran east without having stolen anything, Rhoads said.
Four police officers responded to the scene at 6:49 p.m., activity logs indicate.
The suspect has not been found, Rhoads said.
As of Monday afternoon, no arrests in the Douglas County Jail booking logs bear an incident number matching any of the reported robberies.
Three armed robberies were also reported last month within a single week. Several people were arrested in connection with those reports.