A Wichita man was charged Tuesday in federal court with three business robberies, including two at a local convenience store over an eight-day period.
Ricky Price Jr., 20, is facing two counts of robbery for thefts at the Valero gas station at 851 S. Meridian on Jan. 11 and 19 and one count in a robbery at the Harry Grocery and Smoke Shop at 324 W. Harry on Feb. 27, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.
Wichita police said in January that four masked men entered the gas station on Jan. 11 and stole money and cigarettes. Six men – at least two of whom were armed – were involved in the robbery at the same location eight days later.
Price is also accused in the five-count federal indictment of brandishing a firearm during the Jan. 19 gas station robbery and of firing a weapon during the smoke shop robbery.
If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in federal prison for each robbery. Brandishing a firearm carries a federal prison sentence of at least seven years, and discharging a firearm carries a term of at least 10 years, Grissom said.
Price could also be fined up to $250,000 on each count.
In other indictments Tuesday, Grissom said:• Oscar R. Alvardo, 35; Brayan A. Osuna-Gutierrez, 21; and Julio Sanchez Jr., 19, are each being charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking for crimes that allegedly occurred on March 17 in Sedgwick County. Court documents allege that 4 kilograms of the drug were found hidden beneath molding in the back of the men’s car after it was stopped by a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy on I-35. The men are Downey, Calif., residents.
• Wichitan Micha A. Scott, 25, faces two counts of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking on March 12 in Sedgwick County.
• Colton Schalk, 24, of Arkansas City was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and three counts of lawful possession of a firearm or ammunition after a felony conviction. The crimes allegedly occurred in December and February in Cowley County.
• Alvin Harris, 55, of Wichita faces one count of possessing a stolen firearm and one count of stealing a firearm from a federally licensed dealer on March 25 in Sedgwick County.
• Jose Amador-Bonilla, 27; Jesus Guereque-Lozoya, 50; and Aaron Ramirez-Saucedo, 28, are charged in separate cases with unlawfully entering the United States. Amador-Bonilla is from Nicaragua. The other two men are Mexican citizens.
• Silvia Clemente-Rojo, 41, of Mexico was charged with 16 crimes, including aggravated identity theft and using false documents to gain employment. She was found in Sedgwick County on Feb. 27.