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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Federal Charge Filed In Bank Robbery In Manhattan, Kan.

TOPEKA, KAN. - Ronald David Brown, Jr., 39, who is in custody at CCA’s Leavenworth Detention Center, is charged with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 27, 2013, he robbed the Kansas State Bank at 1101 Bluemont Avenue in Manhattan, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Lenexa Police Department, the Riley County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

John Wesley Zollicoffer, 42, who is in custody in Shawnee County, is charged with one count of commercial robbery. The indictment alleges that on Jan. 29, 2014, he robbed the Kwik Shop at 1700 S.W. Boulevard in Topeka, Kan.

If convicted he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

Juana Guerrero-Lopez, 55, Edwardsville, Kan., is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. She was found Feb. 6 in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

       
John M. Noel, 58, Wichita, Kan., is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in March 2014 and November 2013 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million on each count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Luis Velasquez, 35, Compton, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of traveling from California to Kansas in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 10 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the charge of possession with intent to distribute, and a maximum penalty of 5 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other charge. The Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.