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Topeka Woman Sentenced For Aiding Robbery, Unlawful Access to State Records

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka woman was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for aiding and abetting an armed robbery at a Red Robin restaurant, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. The sentence also includes a $1,000 fine in connection with her plea in a separate count to unlawfully accessing state motor vehicle records while she worked for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Johanna Ross, 23, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery and one count of unlawfully accessing a state database. In her plea, she admitted she assisted co-defendants Derick Renee Crawford and Travis Jeremy Coffman during an armed robbery Aug. 18, 2013, at the Red Robin restaurant at 6230 S.W. 6th in Topeka.

Crawford, who was armed with a handgun, and Coffman, who was armed with a can of mace, robbed the restaurant. During the robbery, they held employees at gunpoint and threatened to kill them.

In her plea, Ross admitted she was present in the parking lot when Crawford and Coffman planned the robbery and she drove Crawford away after the robbery. She also admitted retrieving the firearm used by Crawford, the pink can of mace used by Coffman and a shirt used by Crawford during the robbery.

In a separate count not related to the robbery, Ross admitted that while she worked for the Kansas Department of Revenue she used her access to a database of motor vehicle records to retrieve the address of an individual and pass that information on to a third party for payment, all in violation of federal law.

Co-defendants included:

Derick Renee Crawford, who was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison.

Travis Jeremy Coffman, who was sentenced to 49 months in federal prison.

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 January 5, 2015