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Teenager charged in robbery of disabled Grandview veteran

Updated: 2013-09-17T03:59:08Z

By GLENN E. RICE

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors accuse an 18-year-old man of robbing an elderly disabled veteran at gunpoint and stealing several items, including three firearms.

Michael Lishiek Bray of Grandview has been charged with robbery, burglary and two counts of armed criminal action in two robberies in a three-day span last week in Grandview. Authorities said Bray was part of a gang that robbed the 85-year-old man, who was struck in the head when he resisted. The robberies were captured on surveillance video.

According to court records, Bray’s mother turned him into police when she recognized him in TV news reports about the robbery.

According to court records, Bray was one of several people who knocked on the victim’s door Sept. 10 before robbing him. That robbery occurred two days after a similar holdup at the man’s house in the 11900 block of Belmont Avenue. Authorities said the gang stole two handguns, a rifle, ammunition and a cellphone.

On Friday, a juvenile was charged in Jackson County Family Court with second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action.

Also Friday, prosecutors accused a 55-year-old Grandview man of threatening to shoot up schools Friday because he was angry at the youths for robbing the elderly man.

Mark A. Esterley, 55, was charged with the felony of making a terrorist threat. Authorities said Esterly called police and threatened to shoot a school. That prompted district officials to place all schools on lockdown about two hours.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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