TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The victim of an armed robbery on Thanksgiving Day testified he could identify the gunman pointing the pistol at him by the red sweatshirt festooned by Marilyn Monroe worn during the holdup, he testified on Wednesday.
The victim testified during the preliminary hearing of 19-year-old Trevon Jaquemini Williams in Shawnee County District Court.
Williams was bound over to be tried on two charges of aggravated robbery (armed with a dangerous weapon.)
When Tayquon Berry was asked how he knew the man wearing a blue bandanna over his face was Williams, he said he recognized Williams' voice and the sweatshirt with the Marilyn Monroe portrait on it. Berry and Williams were acquaintances and had hung out on occasion.
The robberies occurred in an apartment at 1175 S.W. Woodhull where Berry and several other people were asleep.
After hearing someone knock on the door, Berry answered it, two men were there, and someone held a pistol to his face, Berry testified.
"Don't move," Berry quoted Williams as saying. The second man took a TV, then left the apartment.
Was Berry concerned?
"A gun's in your face. What do you think?" Berry said.
Williams' trial before District Court Judge William Ossmann will be scheduled following an arraignment on Jan. 16.
Wednesday was the second time in two weeks that Williams appeared in court for a preliminary hearing in the two armed robberies. On Jan. 4, the Williams preliminary hearing abruptly was postponed when prosecution witnesses failed to show up in court.
When witnesses failed to show up, Josh Luttrell, the attorney for Williams, asked the judge either to dismiss the two robbery charges, noting Williams doesn't have any criminal history, or to impose a recognizance bond on Williams rather than a cash or surety bond.
Williams has been incarcerated in Shawnee County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 surety bond since he was arrested on Thanksgiving on Nov. 22.
The judge postponed the hearing for five days, but he warned the prosecutor that it would be the last continuance the state would be granted in the case.
Ossmann denied the defense requests to dismiss charges or to change Williams' bond to a signature bond, then rescheduled the Williams preliminary hearing for Wednesday.
The second defendant in the case is Montrel MacShawn Drayton, 19, who is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, court records said.
On Dec. 20, Drayton was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing before District Court Judge David Debenham. The judge found the crimes had been committed, and Drayton was bound over for trial, court records said.
Drayton's trial is scheduled to start on April 29, according to court records.
Witnesses originally told police that 16-year-old Shaquan Roy Mitchell had been forced to leave the west Topeka apartment at gunpoint during the robberies.
About 6:40 a.m. on the day of the robberies, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert tied to Mitchell's alleged disappearance after it was reported he was kidnapped. But police cancelled the Amber Alert about 90 minutes later when Mitchell arrived at the Law Enforcement Center with a relative.