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Armed robbery in a Lawrence apartment yields second arrest, three months after the fact
An early December robbery that already resulted in one arrest has now resulted in another.
We previously reported Christopher Hinson, 19, of Leavenworth County, was arrested in mid December. He is accused of robbing several people inside a Lawrence apartment at gunpoint and stealing cellphones, a laptop video game system and two backpacks from four people.
Hinson is currently facing four felony counts of aggravated robbery and one felony count of aggravated burglary.
Until Wednesday Hinson appeared to be the only suspect in the reported robbery. At the time representatives of the Lawrence Police Department declined to offer additional details on the case because they had submitted an affidavit to the District Attorney and it is their general practice not to comment on cases once that's done.
Wednesday morning, however, a second man from Kansas City, Kan., was arrested in connection to the same robbery. Court documents indicate the affidavit justifying the arrest was filed with the DA's office on March 8.
Alongside Hinson, Marquis Bridgeman faces four felony counts of aggravated robbery. He also faces a single, felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The criminal complaint filed against Bridgeman in Douglas County District Court indicates he helped Hinson rob the four reported victims. Both men were armed with a gun at the time of the incident, the documents indicate.
It's unclear how or if Hinson and Bridgeman knew their reported victims. It's also unclear why the two out-of-towners reportedly broke into a Lawrence apartment.
What is clear is that Hinson and Bridgeman are currently held in the Douglas County Jail, each in lieu of a $35,000 bond.
Neither Hinson nor Bridgeman have a prior criminal history in Douglas County.
I've asked LPD if there are any remaining suspects in the reported robbery or if everyone involved has been arrested. No word yet, but stay tuned.
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