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Woman reports home-invasion rape

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¢ A 20-year-old woman told Lawrence Police she was raped Saturday night by a burglar who was inside her home when she came home from work. The woman said she came home about 8:15 p.m. to her home in south-central Lawrence and noticed the light in her bedroom had been turned on. She said she went into the kitchen, turned around and saw the man, who struck her, threatened her, forced her into the bedroom and raped her, according to a report.She came to the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., to report the assault because the man had broken her cell phone, she told police. The woman had "obvious injuries" when she came to the police department, and officers called for paramedics, who took her to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, LPD spokeswoman Kim Murphree said. Officers began a neighborhood canvass, but as of this morning the suspect hadn't been identified. There were no immediate signs of forced entry at the home, but a sliding glass door appeared to be ajar. Police would not release a more specific location of the home.The woman described her attacker as a black male in his 30s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build, dark jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. The description doesn't match that of a series of other home-invasion rapes reported around Lawrence since late 2004.Other crimes this weekend¢ Lawrence Police arrested two men early Sunday morning after a gun incident linked to Last Call, 729 N.H.Police said a 23-year-old man is suspected of threatening a group of between 10 and 12 people with a handgun in a parking lot near the club shortly after the bar's 3 a.m. closing time. The incident may have been linked to a fight inside the bar earlier, according to a report. As officers on patrol in the area saw the disturbance and approached the area, the 23-year-old, identified as Joseph I. Monegro of Lawrence, and another man, identified as 19-year-old Jair James of Leavenworth, ran away.Officers caught both men in the area and arrested them. Police recovered a gun from the porch of a home in the 700 block of Rhode Island Street that Monegro apparently threw as he was trying to run from officers. ¢ Shots fired: an unidentified man fired two gunshots into the air around 8 p.m. Saturday after a fight between two men in the 1900 block of West 26th Street, according to a report. Witnesses told police they didn't know the man who had fired the shots and that he got into a car and drove away.¢ Pool trashed: Someone caused between $15,000 and $20,000 damage to the pool and equipment at Haskell Indian Nations University in two separate incidents during the weekend. First, someone sneaked into the pool between 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m Saturday and discharged a fire extinguisher into the pool. Then, around 11 a.m. Sunday an employee discovered more extensive damage: items including a shed, weight equipment, fans, floor buffers and lifeguard chairs had been thrown into the pool. Also damaged were a set of hanging lights and ceiling tiles. The doors to the pool had been locked, Haskell employees told police. ¢ A 24-year-old Lawrence man reported the rear door of his home damaged and a $1,300 laptop computer stolen. It happened between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday in the 330 Perry Street, according to a report.¢ A laser gun and case valued at $10,000 was stolen around 10:30 a.m. Friday from Landplan Engineering, 1310 Wakarusa Drive.¢ Five guns, a TV and a DVD player were among the items stolen between July 9 and July 19 in a forced-entry burglary at a home in the 1900 section of north 1275 Road, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. -Contributed by [ Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander/

Comments

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 5 months ago

They should catch this guy, then toss him in the ring at the Demolition Derby. With no car.

Nikki May 8 years, 5 months ago

Why does last call stay open later than most other bars?

reginafliangie 8 years, 5 months ago

I want to know that too. The only reason that I can comprehend is Steffes is greedy.

Mike Blur 8 years, 5 months ago

Punkrockmom: Last Call is open later because the LPD wants to deal with Last Call after all the other bars downtown, and other bars throughout town, have closed and the commotion has died down. As someone who has conducted business late at night for many years on Lawrence streets, I can tell you that late rush is over between 2:30-2:45. The LPD gets a couple minutes to take a breath and deal with Last Call. That is the only reason why--Last Call still has to stop serving before 2--and I presume, drinks at LC are taken before 2 am.

That being said, this should be "Strike Ten" or so as far as Last Call being allowed to exist. The summer is just getting into full swing, and I'm afraid it won't be long until we read about a Last Call-related tragedy. This year. It's time to pull the plug.

MaryKatesPillStash 8 years, 5 months ago

It's not really greed...it's just a strategy to get more business? A lot of clubs in KC close at 3. A lot of clubs in larger cities stay open til 6. What's the big deal?

audvisartist 8 years, 5 months ago

Speaking of this...

¢ Shots fired: an unidentified man fired two gunshots into the air around 8 p.m. Saturday after a fight between two men in the 1900 block of West 26th Street, according to a report. Witnesses told police they didn't know the man who had fired the shots and that he got into a car and drove away.

Did anyone hear gun shots at around 3am Monday morning somewhere in the vicinity of Kasold and 6th? I couldn't sleep and heard 2 distinct gun shots at that time. Was pretty freaky!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 5 months ago

The first time some white-bread college student get's blown away for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, it'll get shut down.

ANYtime a handgun is brandished around drunks, and no one dies, it is a gift. City of Lawrence: what are you waiting for? Someone will die if you don't act.

Mike Blur 8 years, 5 months ago

MaryKate: Last Call still has to abide to Kansas liquor laws--no selling past 2 am, and (I'm sure) patrons cannot possess or consume beverages beyond 2 am.

I've spent time in bars in KCMO that have the 3 am closing time, and the only difference is that you can buy beverages right up until 2 am (but not beyond) and you can possess/consume those beverages right up until 3 am (or 2:45 or whenever the bar deems appropriate.)

bretherite 8 years, 5 months ago

Wish the LPD had paid closer attention when someone tried to break in to my house a few weeks ago - instead of accusing my son of trying to sneak in to the house when he was already in the house at the time of the attempted break in.

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 5 months ago

I wish that concealed carry was in effect, and I wish that the rape victim had been armed. I wish she had shot and killed the rapist before he had the chance to sexually assault her. Rape to me is the most heinous of crimes, next to murder. For a woman to have her body invaded in such a manner, the cost can be lifelong fear and psychological trauma. It can also be a death sentence if the rapist carries HIV or other diseases. I think the penalty for rape should be that of first degree murder. In many southern states the sentences for rape are very harsh, as they should be nationwide. My deepest smypathy goes out to the victim of this crime. Thank you, Lynn

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 5 months ago

I wish that concealed carry was in effect, and I wish that the rape victim had been armed. I wish she had shot and killed the rapist before he had the chance to sexually assault her. Rape to me is the most heinous of crimes, next to murder. For a woman to have her body invaded in such a manner, the cost can be lifelong fear and psychological trauma. It can also be a death sentence if the rapist carries HIV or other diseases. I think the penalty for rape should be that of first degree murder. In many southern states the sentences for rape are very harsh, as they should be nationwide. My deepest sympathy goes out to the victim of this crime. Thank you, Lynn

Confrontation 8 years, 5 months ago

Lynn731-I completely agree with you. Unfortunately, this country is run by useless politicians who still don't value women or children. Very few men ever serve time for rape, especially those with no criminal history. Unless they come close to killing the woman (or child) then they don't get a fair punishment. Most still blame the women for wearing sexy clothing or "wanting it." Look at our idiot judge Paula Martin if you want to see an example of someone in power who refuses to make a difference. I do wish more women were armed and wouldn't hesitate to shoot someone who attacks them.

dthroat 8 years, 5 months ago

Anybody see what happened in KC over the weekend?? 2 dead 9 injured in a gunfight in a parking lot outside of a club. Steffes can say all he wants about it is not his problem if it is outside, but he BRINGS THAT CROWD TOGETHER. Granted he does not have authority across the street, but if his bar wasn't there the people wouldn't be either.

It is just a matter of time before we see the same thing and that will be a damn shame.

Nikki May 8 years, 5 months ago

Well, if they want to deal with this group seperately (thus the later closing time) I think they should actually have them closer EARLIER.

currently 8 years, 5 months ago

Audvidartist,

RE: Gunshots. I'm near 15th & Crestline and I heard those two shots early Monday morning too...at least they sure sounded like shots to me, maybe 15 seconds apart.

rousseau108 8 years, 5 months ago

people keep saying it will take someone getting killed to get the Last Call shut down. unfortunately i don't think even that will be enough, after all, we've already had one fatal shooting this year linked to the same clientele that comes to the Last Call. i fear the reason for this is that the city "leaders" are still trying desperately to hang on to the outdated mindset that Lawrence is just a quaint college town with no crime problems, because after all, crime hurts business and real estate, and we simply can't have that. so until we get some forward thinkers in power, the police here will continue to be slighted when it comes to providing them with the manpower and resources to really make a difference. and they will still get blamed for not doing enough when something does happen. trust me, i've talked to many officers and they are all very motivated to be proactive, they just aren't given the time or chance.

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