5th man faces charges in alleged armed robbery at Lawrence apartment

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

A Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured June 28, 2022.

A fifth man now faces charges in an incident where a group of people allegedly stole alcohol from the occupants of a Lawrence apartment at gunpoint.

The man, 22-year-old Malachi Samuel Thomas, of Lawrence, is charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary, according to charging documents. All of the charges are high-level felonies.

The charges are identical to those of four other co-defendants in the incident. According to charging documents, on June 28 the defendants reportedly entered an apartment at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st St., without permission and used a handgun to rob the apartment’s three occupants of their liquor and beer.

Thomas was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log.

The other men charged are Trevon Andrew Anderson, 19; Isaiah Jawone Mabry, 21; Blake William Brown, 21; and Nasir Rahman Ali Penny, 20. Anderson and Mabry were charged on July 21, and Brown and Penny were charged on July 22.

On Wednesday, Thomas appeared in court from the Douglas County Jail via Zoom. Judge Blake Glover set Thomas’ bond at $60,000 — the same amount as the other four defendants — and appointed Angela Keck to be Thomas’ defense attorney. Anderson posted bond on Tuesday, but the other four men were still in custody at the Douglas County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declined to release the men’s booking photos.


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