Feb 13, 2020 2:30 PM

Police: Suspects used fake rifle during Kansas robbery

Posted Feb 13, 2020 2:30 PM
 Ziaareas Crosby
Ziaareas Crosby

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a robbery and have three suspects in custody.

Just 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a highway robbery call at a business in the 1700 block of west McCormick in Wichita, according to officer Charley Davidson.

A  50-year-old man at the scene told police a suspect later identified as 18-year-old  approached him at the place of business and asked if he had any work.

At around 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a highway robbery call at a business in the 1700 block of west McCormick.


When officers arrived, a 50-year-old man reported being approached by 18-year-old Nykia Watkins at his place of business who asked if he had any work.

While he was speaking with Watkins two males suspects later identified as 23-year-old Larry Williamson and 23-year-old Ziaareas Crosby approached from behind. Williamson was reported to be armed with a rifle, according to Davidson.

The suspects demanded money and property from the victim. The struck the victim in the head with the rifle, causing minor injuries.

The suspects took the victim's wallet and cell phone and fled in a 2007 black Ford Fusion. The suspects immediately began making purchases with the victim's credit cards, according Davidson.

Investigators were able to locate the suspect vehicle driven by Watkins in the area of Pawnee and Rock Road in Wichita.

 After a short vehicle pursuit, Watkins stopped the vehicle in the area of Kellogg and Edgemoor. Police arrested all three. They also recovered the victim's wallet, bank cards and cell phone. They also 

Police also located a fake rifle in the vehicle, according to Davidson.


Police booked Williams and Crosby on requested charges of aggravated robbery. They also booked Watkins on requested charges of aggravated robbery, flee and elude and other traffic charges. Williamson has a previous conviction for aggravated battery, according to Davidson.

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Feb 13, 2020 2:30 PM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
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TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.