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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.

I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.


Jennifer Harrison 1 year, 2 months ago

Quite frankly, it's none of your business if there are other suspects in this case. When and if they make another arrest, you will find out from LPD's social media accounts and read it there.

Conrad Swanson 1 year, 2 months ago

Hi Jennifer,

I disagree. I think it's a valid question to ask when two men from out of town are accused of breaking into a Lawrence apartment, holding four people at gunpoint, stealing from them and possibly injuring them.

I believe the same question applies to similar instances like the recent bank robbery in town or the string of robberies in southwest Lawrence which resulted in one man's dog being shot to death.

So far ten robberies have been reported in Lawrence between March and February, several of which have not resulted in arrests. I receive calls and messages from people who live in town wondering whether it's safe to live in their particular neighborhood or if they need to take extra precautions when leaving town. I feel the question of remaining suspects is relevant to them as well as any other area residents who wish to keep up to date on local crime, whatever their reason.


Maddy Griffin 1 year, 2 months ago

Of course it is. It's his job to report on it and the community has a right to know. You must be a friend or family member of the accused.

Rick Masters 1 year, 2 months ago

Please do not restrain Jennifer from her hobby of smearing Carson for smearing the LPD. It's an ongoing saga.

Francis Hunt 1 year, 2 months ago

Conrad, I'm guessing if there was an ongoing danger information would be released to the community. Do you honestly think they would put people in harms way? Common sense dictates if there isn't a danger they probably don't release some information during an ongoing investigation. This isn't a TV show, crimes aren't solved in one episode and may not fit neatly into your timeline or your demands. Your continued shots at the LPD, Sheriffs Office and KU PD about information not being released to you or crimes not being solved in what you consider a timely manner, is getting real old. Maybe you could just report the information you have without the ongoing anti-law enforcement digging for a conspiracy mentality. Your readers aren't stupid and most of them are fed up with your slant. If people are calling you to find out if their neighborhood is safe then those people need to contact the actual experts who can answer their questions not a reporter.

Clara Westphal 1 year, 2 months ago

What was happening on Delaware Street recently? The street was blocked off and there were ambulances and police. Just curious.

David Barrett 1 year, 2 months ago

Folks need to chill out here in this comment thread. Naturally I can only speak for myself but the idea that Conrad Swanson has it out for our local law enforcement has not once crossed my mind. He is a journalist assigned to the Crime and Public Safety beat, and so of course that is what he is going to report on.

If folks want to wait around for the LPD's twitter page to provide them with info, that's their prerogative. However for others such as myself, we prefer a source of info that is independent of the public institution in question. The LJ World and their reporters provide this valuable service to our community, and Lawrence is much better for it.

Lawrence is also very lucky to have the police department that it does. Is the department perfect? Of course not. All I'm saying is that in my own personal experience I have witnessed officers of the LPD go above and beyond their normal call of duty time and time again. Maybe I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. But somehow I doubt that.

Bottom line is that it's a good thing that we have a journalist like Conrad to report on the LPD, which includes writing about all issues pertaining to public safety, whether good, bad, or somewhere in the middle.

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