Robbery charges have been filed against three men arrested in connection with the theft of a dying woman’s wedding ring, taken from her finger, as well as other property stolen from her truck in south Wichita last month, police said.
By Stan Finger and Amy Renee Leiker
The Wichita Eagle
Daquantrius Shaquill Johnson, Quanique Dontrell Thomas-Hameen and Keith Byron Hickles Jr., each 19 years old, made their first appearances Wednesday afternoon in Sedgwick County District Court. Each was charged in a single complaint with one count of robbing Danielle Zimmerman, who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while driving her truck in the drive-through lane of the Taco Bell at 3725 E. Harry on the evening of Dec. 29.
Her truck crashed into a speaker box in the drive-through lane after she had gone to get dinner for her family, police have said.
The three men are accused of stealing Zimmerman’s wedding band, her purse and credit cards “by force or threat of bodily harm,” according to the court complaint detailing the charges. Police have said the wedding ring was stolen off her finger as she lay stricken in her vehicle.
She died the next day. The ring, police said Wednesday, is still missing.
In court Wednesday afternoon, each defendant wore a jail jumpsuit as he appeared via a video link from the Sedgwick County Jail. Each asked Sedgwick County District Court Judge Joe Kisner for further explanation after being advised of the robbery charge.
“Do you understand the charge against you?” Kisner asked each man.
Each replied, “Yes.”
Johnson, Thomas-Hameen and Hickles are each held on $200,000 bond in the robbery case. Their preliminary hearings are set for Jan. 23.
Police have said children sledding in the area of Mount Vernon and I-135 found the purse, checkbook and one credit card the day after they were stolen.
“We still have not located the ring,” Capt. Brent Allred said Wednesday. “We did find additional property when we arrested the two individuals” Friday night, he said, referring to Johnson and Thomas-Hameen.
A Crime Stoppers tip gave investigators information they needed to identify the suspects in the case, authorities have said. Hickles surrendered at the probation office in the basement of the Sedgwick County Courthouse on Tuesday.
He was wanted for probation violations linked to burglary, theft and drug convictions dating back to last year.
In addition to the robbery charge, Hickles, who was booked into jail under the name of Hickels, was being held Wednesday evening on two probation violations. His total bond in the probation violation cases was listed as $305,000.
Thomas-Hameen was being held on bonds totaling $700,500, including the robbery case, two probation violations and a traffic charge.
Jail records show Johnson has bonds totaling $815,000, including Zimmerman’s robbery, two probation violations and a criminal possession of a firearm case.