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District of Kansas

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Topeka Man Charged With Lying to Investigators Shortly Before Deadly Standoff at Topeka Motel

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka man was charged Wednesday with lying to a federal marshal who was trying to locate fugitive Orlando J. Collins before Collins shot three law enforcement officers during a gunfight at the Country Club Motel in Topeka, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said today.

Quentin Kirk Lawton, 36, who is in federal custody, is charged with one count of making a false statement to a federal officer. The indictment alleges that Lawton visited Collins in a room at the Country Club Motel at 3732 S.W. Topeka Boulevard. Lawton left the motel shortly before a standoff between Collins and federal agents. The indictment alleges that when marshals questioned Lawton about Collins’ whereabouts Lawton denied having been to the motel or seen Collins.

When members of a task force tried to take Collins into custody he shot two U.S. Marshals and an FBI agent. A fire ignited from inside Collins’ room during the gunfight and spread throughout the motel. After the fire, Collins’ body was found in the motel room.

If convicted, Lawton faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

 

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Austan Kinnaird, 25, Goddard, Kan., is charged with one count of bank robbery.

The indictment alleges that April 29, 2016, Kinnaird robbed the Intrust Bank at 9450 E. Harry in Wichita.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI and the Wichita Police Department investigated Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

James Baray, 30, who is in federal custody; Francisco Javair Gandarilla, 25, who is in state custody; and Chad Kleppin, 44, who is in federal custody, are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred in April and May 2016 in Topeka, 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

Jesus Salcedo, 28, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with four counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2013 in Kansas City, Kan.

If convicted, a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each distribution count, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.

Julie D. Woodland, 55, Maple Hill, Kan., is charged with 22 counts of interstate transportation of stolen funds and three counts of money laundering. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Topeka while Woodland was a trustee of the Stephen W. Dibble Trust and the Elaine R. Dibble Trust.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway is prosecuting.

Tyler Seifert, 31, who is in state custody, is charged with 12 counts of passing counterfeit U.S. currency. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2015 in Topeka.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Topeka Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway is prosecuting.

Thomas Noble Lathrom, 25, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 22, 2016, in Topeka.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 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 Greg Hough is prosecuting.

Ricardo Alcaraz-Luna, 34, North Las Vegas, Nev., is charged in count one with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Elsy Maria Perez, 32, North Las Vegas, Nev., is charged in count two with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 22, 2016, in Dickinson County, Kan.

Upon conviction, count one carries a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. Count two carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Skip Jacobs is prosecuting.

David Lee McKinney, 24, Junction City, Kan., is charged in count one with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in count two with unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and in count three with unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 29, 2015, in Geary County, Kan.

Upon conviction, count one carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1; count two carries a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000; and count three carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Skip Jacobs is prosecuting.

Gary Lee Rayburn, 47, who is in state custody, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Dec. 22, 2015, in Abilene, Kan.

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

Tanner J. Schonfeldt, 20, who is in state custody, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction, and one count of unlawful possession of a stolen firearm. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 14, 2016, in Topeka, Kan.

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

Joshua S. Carpenter, 27, who is in state custody, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred April 10, 2016, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 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 Tony Mattivi is prosecuting.

James R. Crawford, Sr., 38, who is in state custody, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 29, 2016, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 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 Tony Mattivi is prosecuting.

Ignacio Vazquez, 25, Pomona, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 30, 2016, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the possession charge, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count. The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

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

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 5, 2016