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Wichita teen shot in leg by liquor store clerk pleads guilty to armed robbery

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A Wichita teenager has admitted to robbing a liquor store where the clerk shot him and held him at gunpoint before police arrived.

Rayquan Hill, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of robbery, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release. Hill and co-defendant Jamaryus Moore were charged in connection to the May 22, 2018, armed robbery of F&K Liquor, 902. S. Woodlawn. Moore, 20, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in September.

Hill admitted in his plea that he and Moore pointed a handgun at the store clerk and demanded money. The clerk put cash in a plastic bag, and gave it to the robbers.

The clerk followed the robbers to see which way they left, according to the plea agreement, but “became concerned the robbers would return and fired a shot from his own pistol.” The bullet struck Hill in the leg.

Moore continued to flee, leaving Hill behind. The clerk, a man in his 50s, held Hill at gunpoint until police arrived. Moore told another person that “Homie got shot!” and was arrested at work later that day, apparently wearing the same clothing he wore during the robbery, federal prosecutors said.

Video surveillance cameras at the store captured the robbery, the robbers leaving, Hill suffering the gunshot wound and Hill moving to the side of the building, where he was arrested, prosecutors said.

Hill’s sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5, and he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors are recommending a reduced sentence.

Prosecutors also agreed not to file charges against Hill in connection to four other liquor store robberies in 2018. They include an April 10 robbery at F&K Liquor, an April 19 robbery at Dave’s Liquors, an April 27 robbery at ABC Liquors and a May 11 robbery of Judy’s Liquor.

Wichita police Lt. Chris Halloran said a customer at a south Wichita gas station and convenience store shot and critically injured one of four robbers Friday afternoon. Three robbers ran away. (Dec. 28, 2018)

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