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District of Kansas

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kansas City Man Charged With Nine Robberies In Less Than Two Weeks

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., was charged today with committing robberies at nine stores in less than two weeks, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.

Llewellyn Richard, 44, Kansas City, Kan., was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., with nine counts of robbery.

Court records identified the robberies as:

– Boost Mobile, 3726 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 21, 2012.
– Dollar General, 2272 Quindaro, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 25, 2012.
– Family Dollar, 1251 Central Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 25, 2012.
– Quick Service gas station, 7959 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 25, 2012.
– Boost Mobile, 7640 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 26, 2012.
– Cricket store, 4635 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 27, 2012.
– Sally’s Beauty Supply, 5020 Roe Boulevard, Roeland Park, Kan., Dec. 28, 2012.
– Dollar General, 2801 S. 47th Street, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 28, 2012.
– Family Dollar, 3129 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 30, 2012.

According to a criminal complaint and affidavit, the first robbery at the Boost Mobile store occurred at about 1:14 p.m. Dec. 21 when Richard walked behind the counter, grabbed a clerk around the waist and demanded money. He gestured to her as if he had a gun in his jacket pocket. He fled the store with the money.

In the second robbery at the Dollar General Store on Dec. 24, he walked behind the counter and pushed the clerk. The clerk stated she felt what she believed to be a gun that the robber shoved into her back. She said he threatened her, saying “Don’t look at me! Don’t turn around!”

On Jan. 1, 2013, officers of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department stopped a 1997 red GMC pickup. The driver pulled over and then drove away when the officers approached the truck. A pursuit ended when the truck crashed and Richard was arrested.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead is prosecuting.

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

Updated December 15, 2014