Police investigate report of robbery at school bus stop


LAWRENCE - Metro Police have two people in custody after a teen was robbed at a bus stop.

It happened in Lawrence around 6:15 am Friday. A 15-year-old told police he was waiting for the bus. Three people came up to him demanding money. A gun was pointed at the teen. He gave the robbers his lunch money.

Police arrived on the scene as this was happening because neighbors had called about some suspicious activity.

Two people believed to be juveniles were taken into custody. One got away.

"We flooded the area, brought in a K9 unit and ended up making arrest of two people. Detectives are working to link them to other crimes in the area," said Gary Woodruff, Lawrence Police.

Officers later arrested 19-year-old Jalen Howard and preliminarily charged him with felony theft and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement/fleeing. He had items in his possession that had been stolen from a vehicle early Friday morning.

A 14-year-old boy was also arrested and has been preliminarily charged with felony robbery and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement/fleeing. He confessed to police that he robbed the victim of lunch money after threatening him with the pellet gun recovered by officers.

Police are trying to determine if the group is the same that targeted unlocked cars in the neighborhood. They stole money and other items.