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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Getaway Driver to Serve Prison Time for Robbery

WICHITA, KAN. – A Kansas man was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role as getaway driver in an armed gas station robbery. In April 2021, Jeremiah Urias, 19, of Wichita pleaded guilty to one count of Robbery.

According to court documents, Urias was charged in connection with the robbery of an EZ Trip gas station in Newton, Kansas, in February of 2020. Urias waited in the vehicle while two accomplices entered the business and demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint. After Urias and his accomplices drove away from the scene, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle and a high-speed chase ensued. The chase ended when Urias’ vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle. Urias then fled on foot.  The two accomplices remained in the vehicle after the accident and were arrested, and Urias was eventually captured by law enforcement.  

“We want to make it clear to all persons who willingly participate in crimes that they can be subject to prosecution no matter their role,” said Acting U.S Attorney Duston Slinkard. “Although the defendant may not have personally entered the business or pointed a gun at the employee, he was still responsible for participating in the robbery, and the Court held him accountable.” 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Newton Police Department, Salina Police Department, and the Wichita Police Department (FBI Task Force Officer) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger prosecuted the case.


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Violent Crime
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Updated June 30, 2021