Crime & Courts

Derby robbery defendant is suspect in other cases, official confirms

James Michael Phillips, accused of holding up a Derby AT&T store on Tuesday and shooting a woman inside, is charged in that case with attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping, two charges of attempted kidnapping, two charges of attempted aggravated robbery, one charge of criminal damage to property and one charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
James Michael Phillips, accused of holding up a Derby AT&T store on Tuesday and shooting a woman inside, is charged in that case with attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping, two charges of attempted kidnapping, two charges of attempted aggravated robbery, one charge of criminal damage to property and one charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer. Courtesy of Sedgwick County Jail

A man charged in a Derby robbery-shooting also is a suspect in at least five other cellphone business robberies in the past six months, a Wichita police official confirmed Friday.

Police will present their investigation to prosecutors next week, Lt. James Espinoza said.

James Michael Phillips, accused of holding up a Derby AT&T store on Tuesday and shooting a woman inside, is charged in that case with attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping, two charges of attempted kidnapping, two charges of attempted aggravated robbery, one charge of criminal damage to property and one charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

Some of the other robberies in which Phillips is a suspect occurred on West Kellogg, and in one of the cases, the robber tied up a child, Espinoza said.

The robberies were done in a similar way, Espinoza said. He wouldn’t elaborate.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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