April 5, 2012
An 18-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in two recent robberies of persons responding to Internet advertisements to buy a vehicle, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Derrick L. Johnson faces three counts of Kidnapping, four counts of Robbery 1st Degree and seven counts of Armed Criminal Action.
According to court records, the first robbery occurred on March 15, when the victim, his fiancé and her son arranged to meet Johnson in the 4300 block of Hardesty about a 2005 Ford Mustang, advertised for sale. Johnson approached their vehicle and pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot the fiancé if the male victim didn’t give him money. After handing over $200, Johnson told the victim he wanted more, entering their vehicle and forcing them to drive at gunpoint to withdraw money. He also took the male victim’s cell phone and wallet, as well as the juvenile victim’s Ipod, before he fled on foot.
In another robbery on March 23, according to court records, two other persons, a husband and wife also went to check on the Mustang, when Johnson put a gun to the victim’s head and demanded money. The victim gave Johnson $2800. Another suspect entered the vehicle and sat behind Johnson, who was in the driver’s seat. There was a struggle over the gun and eventually suspects ran away, but the victims observed one go into a house. Police later arrested Johnson.
Prosecutors asked for $250,000 cash bond.