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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Robbery At Topeka Restaurant


TOPEKA, KAN. - A man was sentenced Monday to 84 months in federal prison for committing an armed robbery at a Topeka restaurant, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Derick Renee Crawford, 24, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted he and co-defendant Travis Jeremy Coffman committed an armed robbery Aug. 18, 2013, at the Red Robin restaurant at 6230 S.W. 6th in Topeka.

Armed with a can of mace, Coffman ordered an employee inside the restaurant and forced her to retrieve money from the safe. Crawford remained outside holding the remaining employees as gunpoint. Crawford told the employees that he would kill anyone who called the police.

Co-defendant Travis Jeremy Coffman is set for sentencing Nov. 3.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the FBI, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared for their work on the case.

Updated December 16, 2014