Lawrence man charged with injuring another man with a deadly weapon: a pit bull

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 was charged on Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with injuring another man using a deadly weapon, and the weapon was a pit bull.

Malachi Samuel Thomas, 22, is charged with one felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, using a pit bull, and two counts of misdemeanor battery, according to charging documents. The charges are in connection with an incident on June 26, when Thomas is alleged to have battered two men. The documents do not indicate exactly how the dog was used.

Thomas was arrested Tuesday evening by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, according to the jail booking log.

On Wednesday, Judge Blake Glover appointed defense attorney Angela Keck to represent Thomas and left a bond in place for $50,000 cash or surety that had been previously set in the case. Glover ordered Thomas to have no contact with any alleged victims or co-defendants in the case. It was not immediately clear who the co-defendants were.

Thomas was out on bond in another case at the time of his arrest. As previously reported by the Journal-World, he is charged with three felony counts of aggravated robbery and one felony count of aggravated burglary in connection with an incident on June 28, when he and others allegedly entered an apartment at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st St., and used a handgun to rob the apartment’s three occupants of their liquor and beer, according to charging documents.

The other men charged in connection with the robbery are Blake William Brown, 21; Nasir Rahman Ali Penny, 20; Trevon Andrew Anderson, 19; and Isaiah Jawone Mabry, 21.

Glover assigned each of the men a $60,000 cash or surety bond at the time of their first appearances in court. Brown, Penny and Anderson each posted surety bonds and have been released. Mabry and Thomas had their bonds modified to own-recognizance bonds in August and were released to pretrial services without posting any money, according to court records.

Thomas is next scheduled to appear in court for a status update on Oct. 5 for the aggravated battery charge involving the dog. All five men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing involving the aggravated robbery on Nov. 11.

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


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