Federal charges filed in armed robbery at liquor store

Two Wichita men accused of trying to rob a Park City liquor store were charged in federal court Thursday.

Roland Donell Ross (Courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two Wichita men accused of allegedly trying to rob a Park City liquor store were charged in federal court Thursday.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release 28-year-old Roland Donnell Ross and 37-year-old Michael Ray Phillips were each charged with one count of commercial robbery and one count of brandishing firearms during the robbery.

Court documents allege when the two men entered the MGS liquor store in the 6200 block of N. Broadway in Park City on May 24, one of them asked a store employee if he was ready to die.  The clerk then grabbed a gun he had in the store and fired two shots.  Phillips ran from the business and escaped.  The employee forced the other robber, identified as Ross, to put his gun down.  The clerk then held Ross at gunpoint until police arrived on the scene.

Beall said Phillips was admitted to a Kansas City, Mo. hospital the following day with what proved to be a gunshot wound.

If the two are convicted of robbery charges, they face up to 20 years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000.  Convictions on the brandishing charge carry a penalty of not less than seven years in prison.

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