Two Kansas City men face federal charges for their roles in an alleged armed robbery conspiracy that included robberies at four stores in Independence.
Jerry D. Patterson, 21, and Michael A. Harris, 19, both of Kansas City, were charged together in federal court with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The men were charged Monday in a sealed criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. The charges were unsealed and and made public after their arrests Tuesday.
According to court documents, Patterson and Harris were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to commit 10 armed robberies at metro area businesses over a four-week period in September and October of this year.
On Oct. 15, Patterson and Harris allegedly stole $3,500 at gunpoint from a Walgreens Pharmacy at 1536 E. 23rd St. in Independence. When Independence police officers responded, they discovered Patterson’s red 2007 Pontiac G6 sedan. Patterson and Harrison abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Investigators searched Patterson’s car and found a Glock .40-caliber handgun, an extended .40-caliber magazine, money taken from the robbery, and a number of items used in several of the armed robberies. Agents also found a Kahr Arms .40-caliber handgun, which had been seen in several surveillance videos from the robberies, in a nearby wooded area.
The court documents also allege that Patterson and Harris stole $575 at gunpoint from a Domino’s Pizza at 3709 S. Noland Road in Independence on Oct. 8. They also allegedly stole $410 from employees.
On Oct. 9, 2017, Patterson and Harris allegedly stole $3,705 at gunpoint from another Walgreens Pharmacy at 2261 S. Sterling Ave. in Independence.
And on Sept. 26, 2017, Patterson and Harris allegedly stole $380 from the Family Dollar store at 12521 E. U.S. 40 in Independence.
The two men also allegedly targeted Walgreens and CVS pharmacies and a Dollar General store in Raytown and Walgreens and CVS pharmacies and a 7-Eleven convenience store in Kansas City. Altogether, they allegedly stole more than $15,000.
According to court documents, in all of the robberies, at least one of the defendants displayed a handgun in a threatening manner and the suspects consistently behaved in a violent and aggressive fashion. They allegedly pressed a handgun against the stomach or back of business employees and put an employee on his knees in one of the robberies.