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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

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MAY 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FIVE MORE DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY

OF OMNICARE PHARMACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five more defendants were charged in federal court today in connection with the armed robbery of Omnicare Pharmacy.


            DaVida Moore, 25, and Antonio Parker, 34, both of Grandview, Mo., Ryan Morris, 24, and Darnell O’Connor, 27, both of Overland Park, Kan., and Abdullah Taylor, 28, address unknown, were charged with armed robbery in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


            Richard W. Baker, 53, of Overland Park, was charged in connection with the pharmacy robbery in a separate criminal complaint on Thursday, May 15, 2008.


            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, Mo., 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, the defendants – at least some of whom were armed – were able to gain entry into the business through the use of the employee’s access card.


            Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Parker’s residence on Thursday, May 15, 2008. They recovered two firearms within the residence – a Norinco SKS-type 7.62 x 39 mm semi-automatic assault rifle and a Cobra .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Investigators also recovered a plastic bag containing a quantity of pills.


            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 the next day, 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 charges contained in these complaints are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. They were investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Overland Park, Kan., Police Department and the Grandview, Mo., Police Department and the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force.


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