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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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DECEMBER 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CARJACKING


FACES 14 YEARS IN PRISON


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to carjacking.


            Michael R. Toombs, Jr., 24, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays this afternoon to the charges contained in a Nov. 20, 2008, federal indictment.


            Toombs admitted that he used a handgun to steal a 1999 Dodge Caravan from its owner on June 23, 2008. Toombs and another person, both armed with handguns, approached the victim, who was in the driver’s seat of the minivan. Toombs pulled the victim’s wedding ring off of his finger and ordered him out of the minivan. Toombs fired a shot into the ground, told the victim to run, and drove away in the minivan.


            Later that day, Kansas City police officers saw Toombs driving a Chevrolet Cobalt that had been reported stolen. Toombs attempted to flee on foot from the officers but was apprehended and arrested. Officers found a Rohm .38-caliber revolver during a search of the area.


            On July 2, 2008, police officers saw Toombs driving the Dodge Caravan that had been stolen and arrested him.


            Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Toombs will be sentenced to 14 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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