Three More Indicted Related to Conspiracy to Lure Robbery Victims with Online Ads
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three more defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury in relation to a conspiracy to use online ads to lure robbery victims.
Kenneth W. Sexson, 32, and Nicole L. Covey, also known as Nicole Waguespack and Nicole Preston, 33, both of Sugar Creek, Mo.; Sage E. Harrison, 35, Devon Davis-Aumua, 21, and Serina Campos, 23, all of Independence, Mo.; and Ray Mahurin, 34, of Blue Springs, Mo., were charged in an 11-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s superseding indictment replaces a June 29, 2016, federal indictment and includes Davis-Aumua, Campos and Mahurin as additional defendants as well as additional charges against Sexson, Covey and Harrison.
Today’s indictment alleges that Sexson, Covey, Harrison and Davis-Aumua participated in a conspiracy to commit armed robbery from April 1, 2015, to June 7, 2016. They allegedly used several websites (including craigslist.org, backpage.com and skout.com) to make connections with their victims and arrange meetings at local hotels, residences and apartments. When customers arrived for the meetings, the indictment says, conspirators would be lying in wait, armed with firearms, and rob the customers.
The indictment specifically refers to six armed robberies that occurred in October 2015 at various locations in Kansas City, Mo., Independence, Mo., and North Kansas City, Mo.
In addition to the conspiracy, Sexson and Covey are charged together in two counts of aiding and abetting an armed robbery. Sexson, Covey and Harrison are also charged together in two counts of aiding and abetting armed robbery. Sexson, Covey and Davis-Aumua are also charged together in one count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Sexson is also charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges that Sexson was in possession of a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin 30-30-caliber rifle, a Glock 9mm pistol, a Springfield 9mm pistol, and various rounds of ammunition on June 7, 2016. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Sexson has three prior felony convictions for assault and prior felony convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.
Davis-Aumua is also charged with one count of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Davis-Aumua was in possession of a Springfield .45-caliber pistol on Oct. 10, 2015.
Sexson, Mahurin, Covey and Campos are also charged together in one count of being unlawful drug users in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew P. Wolesky. It was investigated by the FBI, and the Independence, Mo., Police Department, with assistance from the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the North Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department.