Robbery suspects elude Lawrence police after chase

The Lawrence Police Department is looking for suspects involved in a Saturday apartment robbery in which a firearm was used.

Sgt. Drew Fennelly of the LPD wrote in an email to the Journal-World that at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in an apartment in the 900 block of Arkansas St. Officers learned a firearm was discharged during the incident and were able to get a description of the vehicle driven by the suspects.

There were multiple suspects involved in the incident, but Fennelly wrote he did not yet know the number because written reports from officers were not yet completed.

No one was injured during the incident, Fennelly said. He has no information on property damage.

Officers spotted a vehicle matching the suspects’ vehicle near the site of the incident soon after responding to the call, Fennelly said. Officers unsuccessfully attempted to stop the vehicle, then pursued the fleeing suspects. The pursuit ended when the suspects abandoned the vehicle in the 300 block of Industrial Lane, just south of Interstate 70 in North Lawrence.

The suspects eluded arrest despite officers setting a perimeter and receiving assistance from Kansas Highway Patrol and a KHP helicopter, Fennelly said.

The LPD is still investigating the incident, Fennelly said.


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