Crime & Courts

Park City liquor store clerk shoots man in attempted robbery; federal charges filed

Federal charges were filed Thursday against two men accused of attempting to hold up a Park City liquor store on Tuesday.

According to federal court documents, Roland Ross, 28, and Michael Phillips Jr., 37, came into MGS Liquor, 6200 N. Broadway in Park City, around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Both were armed with guns.

The clerk at the store told police that one of the men asked “if he was ready to die because this was a robbery and to give them all the money,” according to the affidavit.

The clerk then grabbed a gun and fired two shots at the men.

One man, later identified as Phillips, ran from the store; blood was later found on one of the doors.

The employee ordered the other man, later identified as Ross, to lay down his gun and get on the ground, which he did while being held at gunpoint. Police arrived at the liquor store and arrested Ross.

Phillips was admitted to Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on Wednesday for a gunshot wound to the chest. He told officials he had been poked by a stick while running, but a medical examination found a bullet lodged under his sternum.

A Kansas City police detective searched the car Phillips was taken up in and found clothes matching those worn in the liquor store’s surveillance video.

The two Wichita men each have been charged with one count of commercial robbery and one count of brandishing firearms during the robbery.

If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the robbery charge and a penalty of not less than seven years consecutive to the underlying sentence on the brandishing charge.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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