Crime & Courts

Wichita man indicted in federal court in QuikTrip robberies

A 21-year-old man suspected of robbing a string of QuikTrip stores on Feb. 8 has been indicted in federal court.

Samuel L. Vliet, of Wichita, is facing one count of commercial robbery at a QuikTrip at 2106 S. Rock Road, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced.

Vliet was arrested Feb. 8 on suspicion of five counts of robbery after thefts were reported at the QuikTrips at 2106 S. Rock Road, 5602 E. Harry and 1620 S. Webb Road. On Monday, Wichita police spokesman Lt. Doug Nolte said, a suspect was captured after the man slipped and fell on snow and ice when he spotted city and county law enforcement who, on a hunch, had been waiting for him following one of the robberies.

If convicted, Vliet faces at least 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, Grissom said.

Among other indictments announced Thursday:

• Topeka 18-year-olds Tapoleon B. Hendricks and Leondray M. Sanders Jr. each were charged with one count of carjacking in the theft of a 2001 Chevrolet Impala from a person on Jan. 14.

• William A. Blacksmith, 26, of Horton, is facing one count of assault in connection with a Dec. 2 attack on a person on the Kickapoo reservation in Brown County.

• Darrell Durbin, 50, of Wichita, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in Sedgwick County on Feb. 9.

• Adam S. Taylor, 30, of Wichita, was charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth, unlawful possession of body armor and six counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, all said to have occurred in December in Sedgwick County.