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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


MAY 15, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OVERLAND PARK MAN CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY

OF PHARMACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Overland Park, Kan., man was charged in federal court today with the armed robbery of Omnicare Pharmacy.


            Richard W. Baker, 53, of Overland Park, was charged with armed robbery in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, an employee of Omnicare Pharmacy of the Midwest, located at 453 E. 111th Street, Kansas City, was assaulted, knocked to the ground and bound with duct tape as he left the business on Sunday, May 11, 2008. As a result, the affidavit says, Baker and others, at least some of whom were armed, were able to gain entry into the business through the use of the employee’s access card.


            On Wednesday, May 14, 2008, law enforcement investigators received information that Baker was in possession of controlled substances taken in the armed robbery. While executing a search warrant at Baker’s residence today, police officers seized a large quantity of controlled substances, believed to have been taken from the armed robbery. A wall safe in the master bathroom contained numerous plastic bags containing miscellaneous pills as well as a number of plastic pill bottles containing additional pills. Two additional plastic bags containing numerous pills were found in the top left drawer of the bathroom vanity. A black duffle bag containing a large quantity of pills was recovered from underneath the bathroom vanity. A second duffle bag containing additional pills and vials of injectable narcotics was found in the master bedroom closet.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Overland Park, Kan., Police Department.


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