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  • 3 charged in armed robberies

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  • Three people were charged Friday in connection with a string of armed robberies in Independence. The three were arrested after a standoff with police Thursday evening at a house on Kensington in Kansas City.
    Devonte M. Prendergast, Deondre M. Prendergast and Jessica Coleman all each being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond, according to Independence Police spokesman Tom Gentry.
    The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office said Devonte Prendergast, 19, faces 10 felony counts – five of first-degree robbery and five of armed criminal action. Deondre Prendergast, 20, faces two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Coleman, 21, faces one count of first-degree robbery and one count of armed criminal action. All three listed the same address in the 2000 block of Kensington in Kansas City.
    Independence Police outlined the robberies this way:
    • On May 18, a man robbed a woman sitting in her vehicle at Santa Fe Park. He pointed a handgun at her and demanded her purse. The robber raced off in a vehicle driven by a female.
    • On May 19, two juveniles were sitting in front of a residence in the 200 block of North Crysler listening to music on their phones. Two men approached them, and one pointed a handgun at them and told them to drop the phones and go inside. Then the men left with the phones.
    • On May 21, a victim said she was talking with others at Rotary Park on East 24th Street when a man tried to take her purse at gunpoint. She refused to give it up, and the man told her if there weren’t kids around he would have shot her.
    • On May 22, a man reported that he was robbed at his home on Appleton Avenue by an acquaintance who struck him with the barrel of a handgun. The man and another man with him took his Playstation 3 and a shotgun.
    • Also on May 22, a woman reported she had been robbed of cash after she agreed to pay $250 for an iPhone. She went with three people to a bank on U.S. 24 and withdrew the cash. Then one of the men put a gun to her head and demanded the money. They pulled over near U.S. 24 and Noland Road and let her out.

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