Five men face federal charges in Topeka robberies

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(Office of United States Attorney Barry Grissom) - Federal charges are filed against five men accused of robberies at Topeka businesses, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

A federal indictment unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Topeka charges the men in connection with three armed robberies at local businesses including:

  • Check Into Cash, 3711 S.W. Plaza Drive in Topeka, July 25, 2013.
  • EZ Payday Advance, 2613 S.W. 21st in Topeka, July 29, 2013.
  • Family Dollar, 2616 S.E. 6th in Topeka, Aug. 3, 2013.

Defendants named in the indictment are:

  • Quartez Norwood, 31, Topeka, Kan., three counts of robbery and three counts of brandishing a firearm in connection with all three robberies.
  • Henry Levelle Davis, 40, Topeka, Kan., two counts of robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm in connection with the robberies at Check Into Cash and EZ Payday Advance.
  • Robert Wayne Redmond, 41, Topeka, Kan., two counts of robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm in connection with the robberies at Check Into Cash and EZ Payday Advance.
  • Henry Earl Sirvira, 45, Topeka, Kan., two counts of robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm in connection with robberies at EZ Payday Advance and Family Dollar.
  • Xavier Leron Sims, 26, Topeka, Kan., one count of robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in connection with the robbery at Family Dollar.

Topeka police and the FBI arrested Davis, Redmond and Sims on Thursday. Norwood and Sirvira are in custody in California and Utah respectively on unrelated charges.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each robbery count, and a penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on each firearm charge. The Topeka Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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