TOPEKA, Kansas – A Topeka man has been charged with a series of armed robberies and carjackings, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said Thursday.
Darius Ramon Moore, 47, Topeka, Kan., is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of taking a motor vehicle by force and one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in November 2009, January 2010 and February 2010 in Topeka.
According to the indictment:
– On Nov. 19, 2009, Moore brandished a handgun while he robbed the Kwik Shop at 102 S.W. 37th in Topeka.
– On Jan. 25, 2010, he robbed Walgreens, 2915 S.W. Gage in Topeka.
– On Feb. 24, he threatened a woman and stole her 2002 Dodge Durango.
– On Feb. 24, he robbed the Kix 66 Service Station and Convenience Store, 3300 S.W. Gage in Topeka.
– On Feb. 27, 2010, he threatened a driver in an attempt to steal a 2005 Dodge van.
– On Feb. 27, 2010, he threatened a driver in an attempt to steal a 2004 Pontiac Grand-Am.
If convicted, he faces the following penalties:
Armed robbery: A maximum penalty of 25 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Brandishing a firearm during a robbery: Not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000.
Carjacking: A maximum penalty of 15 years and a fine up to $250,000.
The Topeka Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.