Prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old Kansas City man in connection with violent midtown armed robberies.
Derrick M. Sims, who has a prior conviction for armed robbery, was arrested Wednesday after police saw him walking, covered in blood, in the area of the reported robberies.
One victim identified Sims as the man who pistol-whipped him and tried to rob him minutes earlier in the 4100 block of Walnut Street. That victim had fought with the would-be robber and took a handgun away from him, he told police.
According to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, two other people reported being robbed in that area about the same time.
One man said he was walking in the area of 43rd and McGee streets when a robber pulled out a handgun and forced him to the ground. The robber took his iPhone and about $955, according to the documents.
Another man told police he was doing yardwork in the 4300 block of Walnut when he was held up and two sets of car keys were taken from him. A third man across the street also was robbed.
When police arrested Sims, he was carrying a wallet belonging to one of the victims, an iPhone and $969 in cash, according to the documents.
Sims is charged with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. His bond is set at $75,000.