Lawrence man charged with 2 crimes after allegedly firing gun at residence

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., is pictured Sept. 15, 2018.

A Lawrence man has been charged in Douglas County District Court with aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a weapon after allegedly firing a gun at a residence.

The man, Onyema Lawrence Anyanwu, 34, is facing one felony count of discharging a firearm at a dwelling with a person inside and one felony count of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to charging documents.

The Lawrence Police Department’s call log indicates that police received the report of gunshots around 11:50 p.m. Monday. Anyanwu was arrested in the 2400 block of West Terrace around 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log.

During Anyanwu’s first court appearance Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Brian Dieter requested a $10,000 cash or surety bond despite Anyanwu qualifying for an own-recognizance bond with pretrial monitoring.

Dieter said that Anyanwu had a history of failure to appear in court, contempt of court and interference with law enforcement. He also said that Anyanwu had already tried to contact the alleged victim in the case since his arrest.

Anyanwu, however, asked the court for a bond of $7,000, and Judge Blake Glover agreed to the lower amount. Glover set Anyanwu’s next court date for Sept. 7 and ordered him not to return to the location of the incident or to have contact with the alleged victim.

Anyanwu was still being held at the Douglas County Jail as of late Tuesday afternoon.


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