Topeka Red Robin Robbers Face Federal Charges

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Top prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Topeka announced Thursday that two men who robbed Red Robin face federal charges.

Derick Renee Crawford, 23, and Travis Jeremy Coffman, 35, face four federal charges in connection to the August 18 armed robbery of Red Robin, where employees were held at gunpoint.

Officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress inside Red Robin off of 6th and Wanamaker at 1:00 a.m. on August 18.

Police say employees were forced into a back room at gunpoint by Coffman and Crawford. When officers arrived, the two had already left the restaurant with $592.

A handgun believed to have been used in the robbery was located at the roundabout at 6th and Wanamaker a short time later, apparently thrown from a suspect vehicle after the robbery. Authorities Thursday said the .45 caliber weapon was reported stolen just days before the incident at Red Robin.

At about 1:30 a.m. on the 18th officers located Crawford and Coffman in a vehicle at 6th and Lincoln. Both were arrested at that time.

U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor called the joint media conference Thursday to showcase the combined efforts of multiple agencies. Deputy Police Chief Tony Kirk and Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones were also on hand for Thursday's announcement.

All agencies on hand Thursday said they would work together to keep the community safe through a joint taskforce.