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Second man charged in robbery of Grandview veteran

Updated: 2013-09-17T23:38:34Z

By GLENN E. RICE

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County authorities have accused a second man of robbing an 85-year-old disabled veteran at his Grandview home.

Christian Melson, 18, of Kansas City, faces charges of robbery, burglary and two counts of armed criminal action in two robberies last week. Melson allegedly was part of a large group of teens who took firearms and other items from the victim, who was struck in the head after resisting.

On Monday, prosecutors charged Michael Bray, 18, of Grandview, in the case.

Melson pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Bond was set at $100,000. Melson is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 2.

In addition, the Jackson County Family Court has charged three juveniles in connection with the robbery.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old was charged with robbery, burglary and two counts of armed criminal action. He was taken into custody Monday and was being held Tuesday in juvenile detention.

A detention hearing was held Tuesday for a 16-year-old boy. He also remained in juvenile custody Tuesday. A 14-year-old remained in custody after being charged last week.

Police said seven males entered the veteran’s home in the 11900 block of Belmont Avenue and stole two handguns and a rifle. A surveillance camera captured the incident. Several others have been identified from the video.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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

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