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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Indictment: One Defendant, Eight Robberies In Five Months

TOPEKA, KAN. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Topeka man in eight robberies committed over a period of five months, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

 

Joshua Alexander Musgraves, 24, Topeka, is charged in a superseding indictment with 13 counts as follows:

 

Date: Jan. 6, 2017

Place: Plato’s Closet, 1580 SW Wanamaker, Topeka.

Charges: Robbery (count one); brandish a weapon (count two).

 

Date: Jan. 20, 2017

Place: Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1812 NW Topeka in Topeka.

Charges: Robbery (count three), brandish a firearm (count four).

 

Date: March 23, 2017

Place: Burger King, 2817 Southeast California, Topeka.

Charges: Robbery (count five), brandish a firearm (count six).

 

Date: March 30, 2017

Place: McDonalds, 1100 S. Kansas, Topeka.

Charges: Robbery (count seven).

 

 

Date: April 3, 2017

Place: Subway restaurant, 1601 W. 23rd, Lawrence.

Charges: Robbery (count eight), brandish a firearm (count nine).

 

Date: April 4, 2017

Place: Wing Stop, 2233 Louisiana, Lawrence, Kan.

Charges: Robbery (count 10), brandish a firearm (count 11).

 

Date: Dec. 10, 2016

Place: Denison State Bank, 3640 Southwest Fairlawn, Topeka.

Charges: Bank robbery (count 12).

 

Date: Dec. 10, 2016

Place: Topeka

Charges: Carjacking (count 13).

 

If convicted, he faces the following penalties:

 

Counts one, three, five, seven, eight and 10: Up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Counts two, four and 11: Not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000.

Counts six and nine: Not less than 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Count 12: Up to 25 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Count 13: Up to 15 years and a fine up to $250,000.

 

The Topeka Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

 

Arlie J. Barhum, 32, who is in custody in the Shawnee County Jail, is charged with is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 21, 2017, in Topeka.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

 

Mark A. Richardson, 29, who is in custody in the Shawnee County Jail, is charged with is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred April 7, 2017, in Topeka.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

 

Sandra Rodriguez-Ruiz, 36, Laveen, Ariz., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 25, 2017, in Ellsworth County, Kan.

 

If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Hough is prosecuting.

 

Jaiquan Jahai Wheeler, 20, who is in custody, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 14, 2017, in Shawnee County, Kan.

 

If convicted, he faces up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge, not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking charge, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the remaining count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

 

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

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Updated May 3, 2017