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Suspects sought in two more robberies


Lawrence police are on the lookout for two suspects involved in two robberies late Tuesday, including one who hit a woman in the head as he made off with her purse. The incidents took place within 15 minutes from each other - but police believe the incidents are unrelated. A 25-year-old woman was vacuuming her car at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday at the RACO Car Wash, 2828 Iowa, when the suspect grabbed the purse. The woman tried to grab her purse, but the suspect hit her in the side of the head and fled to the east. He is described as a white male in his late 20s or 30s with short brown hair and 6-feet-1-inch tall. He was wearing white khaki shorts, a green shirt and a white ball cap. The victim estimated her loss at $294.The Walgreens store at 400 W. 23rd St., was robbed at 10:39 p.m. Tuesday. Police said suspect lunged across a counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. A witness saw the suspect get into a vehicle driven by another unidentified person. The suspect is described in his late 20s to 30s, about 5-foot-9-inches tall, about 185 pounds. He has a small frame, very short hair and was last seen wearing a T-shirt and white tennis shoes.Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Some $2,160 in compact discs and a case were reported stolen by a 31-year-old Lawrence man from the 1300 block of Rhode Island. The items were stolen from the victim's car between 3 and 8 a.m. Sunday. Injury accidents¢ Three Lawrence residents were involved in an injury accident at 6:53 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Ky. street. Cheryl L. Soza, 60, was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry when she tried to make a left turn into the St. John the Evangelist Church parking lot. As she made the turn, she was hit by another northbound vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Corolla, driven by Stewart M. Cooper, 27. Cooper was injured but treated at the scene.Soza was cited for making an improper left turn from the outside lane.Emergency callsLawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:¢ Motor vehicle accident, 7:01 a.m. Tuesday, 800 County Road 1061, Eudora.¢ Oil or combustible liquid spill, 9:23 a.m. Tuesday, 2400 Iowa.¢ Motor vehicle accident, 12:01 p.m. Tuesday Wakarusa Drive and West 18th Street.¢ Motor vehicle accident, 6:32 p.m. Tuesday, 1506 W. 22nd Terrace.¢ Unauthorized burning, 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, 2341 Mass.¢ Coroner scene investigation, 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, 325 Maine.


Will Babbit 10 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, they stole my purse, SHOOT EM!...idiots...

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 10 months ago

Marion is right. Maybe the girl in the OP Target store that was killed recently thought she was only being pushed into a car. Or the guy in Topeka killed in front of his family at a local car wash. Or the girl in Leawood killed as she worked at a neighborhood pool. You never know how far the criminals will go and there's no time to assemble a board meeting to discuss how far your particular situation will descend into deadly violence. When you are threatened with any violence you should fear for your life and react accordingly. Drop 'em = Stop 'em. Put a few of these into the local news circle and the next thugs might think twice.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years, 10 months ago

The answer to that is better training. Anyone who carries or plans to use a firearm should have one of a large enough caliber to stop an assailant quickly. Then they should practice regularly, even more than quarterly for first time civilian concealed carry permit holders. It would stop a lot of this nonsense if several armed robbers were killed by armed civilians. If the person that robs a store, or steals the purse or whatever does so at gunpoint, and if the victim is in fear of their life, then they may use deadly force. Marion is correct, such shootings would greatly slow down armed robberies, thefts at gunpoint, etc. Do not get a permit to carry a gun if you are not sure you can kill someone. They can take it away from you, and either use it on you, or give you an enema with it. This is serious business, folks. Thank you, Lynn

geekin_topekan 10 years, 10 months ago

I'd love to join in the fun but there is a reason I will never and have never owned a gun. I will shoot somebody.Simple as that. It's not the act of shooting someone that bothers me,but more the crap that goes along with it.Court dates,jailfood,fines,etcetc.I have no time.

Emily Hadley 10 years, 10 months ago

"The incidents took place within 15 minutes from each other - but police believe the incidents are unrelated.

...at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday at the RACO Car Wash...

...robbed at 10:39 p.m. Tuesday...

Fifteen minutes in what, walking time from one to the other?

mom_of_three 10 years, 10 months ago

So let's say the lady at the car wash did have a gun in her car or in her purse. She didn't have time to get it out of her purse, so it's in the hands of a thug. And if it is was in her car, would she really have time to grab it after he smacked her in the head. And even if she did, would she have good aim after the thug slugged her??

Carry a gun if you must for your own protection, but don't put the public in harm's way.

numbers 10 years, 10 months ago

As an ex-deputy I can tell you why this woman got her purse taken away and a knot on her head, she wasn't aware of her surroundings. Always look around as if you might be robed at any time, look at people, look how they stand, look how they look back at you. A weapon does nobody any good unless you get the drop on the bad guy, you have to see the trouble before it happens, and if it does happen react immediately, no hesitation. Ever see a cop in a restaurant? Back to the wall, and he looks over every person that walks in, is he/she carrying a weapon? is this person going to rob this store? You have to be aware of your surroundings and the people in it. Most smart cops have a round already locked into the barrel with the safety off, ready to fire. Its sad that we all have to take this approach, but just look at whats happening around us every day , you think Lawrence is any different? I remember a long time ago before Lawrence had a criminal problem, one evening a couple was just sitting in their car down in Birchem park, along came two bad guys, and the two were found shot dead where they sat.

knownasb 10 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I'm a little behind, but I just read this and can't hold back my comment.

"Some $2,160 in compact discs and a case were reported stolen by a 31-year-old Lawrence man from the 1300 block of Rhode Island. The items were stolen from the victim's car between 3 and 8 a.m. Sunday."

Either someone is fibbing in regards to the value of their CD's (insurance fraud?), or someone is an idiot. Why tempt a thief? Carry only what you'll be listening to and leave the rest at home.

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