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Four charged with carjacking and robbery in Kansas City

Updated: 2013-12-21T02:48:03Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Federal prosecutors Friday charged four Kansas City men with a carjacking and business robbery that led to a high-speed police chase Thursday.

Two of the men were injured when the car they were driving crashed as they led police on a chase that ended at Blue Parkway and Elmwood Avenue.

One of the men remained hospitalized Friday. The three others were in federal custody.

Federal prosecutors identified the men as Randolph E. Wells, 28; Sergio A. Rascoe, 27; Jamal L. Vassie, 24; and Gary S. Dorch, 20. Each was charged in U.S. District Court with armed robbery and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Prosecutors said that about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the men accosted a woman at gunpoint while she was at a car wash at 65th Street and Troost Avenue and stole her car at gunpoint.

About 30 minutes later, Kansas City police and FBI agents doing surveillance on another car suspected of involvement in a series of armed robberies saw the stolen vehicle, according to court documents.

Both vehicles drove from the area together. Officers followed them first to a Johnson County parking lot and then to a storage business at 98th Street and Holmes Road. With officers watching, one of the men entered the business, then came out a few seconds later and got into one of the cars.

An officer went in the business and learned it had just been robbed. One of the suspect cars was parked nearby, and officers arrested Wells and Vassie, according to court documents.

The other vehicle led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 90 to 100 mph before it wrecked, and police arrested Rascoe and Dorch. Rascoe, the alleged driver, remained hospitalized Friday.

Loaded firearms were recovered in each vehicle, according to court documents.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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