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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Indictment: Topeka Man Had a Hand in Two Armed Robberies

TOPEKA, KAN. – A grand jury Wednesday returned federal charges against a Topeka man in two armed robberies, one of which ended in a police officer being shot, U.S. Tom Beall said.

Jermaine Tyrell Patton, 28, Topeka, Kan., is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting commercial robbery and two counts of aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm during a robbery

The indictment alleges Patton took part in an Oct. 31, 2016, robbery at Goose Express, 2901 S.E. Freemont, and a Nov. 5, 2016, robbery at Oakmart Convenience Store, 2518 N.E. Seward.

Patton and another man, Christopher Curtis Harris, 29, Topeka, were arrested following the Nov. 5 robbery. Harris was charged in Shawnee County District Court with shooting Topeka Police Detective Brian Hill when Hill tried to arrest him.

If convicted, Patton faces a penalty of not less than seven years in federal prison on each of the firearm counts and up to 20 years on each of the robbery counts. The Topeka Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Michael J. Skladzien, 53, owner of S&S Floor Maintenance in Wichita, Kan., is charged with failing to pay more than $250,000 in taxes he withheld from employees’ wages. The crime is alleged to have occurred from 2010 to 2013 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each of 11 counts. The Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Patrick A. Scott, 32, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of a sawed off shotgun. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 17, 2016, in Topeka, Kan.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison on each count. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin Slinkard is prosecuting.

Quaton A. Grover, 38, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oc. 28, 2016, 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 Dustin Slinkard is prosecuting.

Alvin Acevedo, 27, and Yesena Collazo, 31, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 14, 206 in Geary County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Skipper Jacobs is prosecuting.

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

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated December 14, 2016