Three Men Arrested in Connection with Manhattan Crime Spree

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Three roommates are accused of committing a string of crimes in Manhattan overnight.

Riley County Police say between 11 p.m. Monday night and 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, there were four armed robberies, two attempted robberies, three beatings, one vehicle burglary and a theft.

Taken in these crimes were the victim’s wallet’s or purses and their miscellaneous contents, cell phones and IPOD devices. No money was taken. All three suspects were eventually arrested and are all confined on $100,000 bond.

At approximately 11:19 p.m. on July 28, the Riley County Police Department received a report that an Aggravated Robbery had just occurred in the area or 2215 College Ave. Upon arrival officers found that three individuals had just robbed the victim and it was reported that they were all armed with handguns.

At approximately 11:24 p.m. a second call came in reporting another Aggravated Robbery where at least two suspects displayed handguns.

Over the course of the next several hours there were numerous other reports of similar crimes occurring in and around the Manhattan area.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. a concerned citizen observed an individual walk past his apartment with what appeared to be handgun in the subjects waistband. This citizen called the police and eventually the suspect involved was located. Upon further investigation this subject was found to be involved in the above crimes and was arrested.

Further investigation revealed the remaining two suspects were staying at 2522 Candle Crest Apartments and they too, were arrested.

There were a total of 7 victims in this case.

The below subjects were arrested and charged with the following crimes.

Leobardo Nava, a 19 year old Hispanic male residing at 1947 College Heights Apt 101B
Charged with:
Aggravated Robbery, 4 counts
Attempted Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts
Aggravated Battery, 2 counts
Battery
Vehicle Burglary
Theft
Confined on $100, 000.00 Bond

Raynell R. Steele, a 19 year old black male residing at 1947 College Heights Apt 101B
Charged with:
Aggravated Robbery, 4 counts
Attempted Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts
Aggravated Battery, 2 counts
Battery
Vehicle Burglary
Theft
Obstruction
Confined on $100, 000.00 Bond
This individual is also listed as a Deserter from the United States Army

Michael M. Smith, a 20 year old black male residing at 1947 College Heights Apt 101B
Charged with:
Aggravated Robbery, 4 counts
Attempted Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts
Aggravated Battery, 2 counts
Battery
Vehicle Burglary
Theft
Possession of Marijuana
Confined on $100, 000.00 Bond
This individual is also listed as AWOL from the United States Army


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