Wichita man indicted on nine counts of robbery

A 53-year-old Wichita man has been indicted on nine counts of robbery by a federal grand jury.

James L. Simmons Jr. is accused of robbing nine Wichita businesses in a seven-month period between November and late May, federal authorities said.

The indictment alleges Simmons robbed the Quik Trip at 3216 E. Harry twice during that period, on Nov. 10 and May 28. He is also accused of robbing the Quik Trip at 1610 E. Lincoln twice, on May 14 and May 18.

Other robberies tied to Simmons include Harry Street Liquor, 3120 E. Harry, on Nov. 10; Tocs Coffeehouse at 1519 George Washington Boulevard, on Nov. 16; Dollar General at 2727 E. Boulevard Plaza on May 15; and the Valero at 731 N. Ridge Road on May 24.

If convicted, Simmons faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.