Jackson County prosecutors charged a Kansas City man with an armed carjacking attempt near the Country Club Plaza that could be connected to a spree of other robberies.
Fayevion Pettiford was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and, according to court documents, later admitted to committing a robbery that was one of five reported in midtown Kansas City during a two-hour period Saturday night.
Pettiford, 18, is charged with attempted first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. His bond is set at $100,000. He is being held in the Jackson County jail.
According to court documents, two men were getting into a vehicle near Roanoke Parkway and Jarboe Street when they were confronted by two robbers. One man handed over $15. When the criminals got into the victims’ car, the victims ran away.
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They heard the sound of a crash, came back and found the car had backed into another vehicle and the robbers had left.
About an hour later, a Kansas City police sergeant saw two men who matched the description of the robbers and stopped them near Emanuel Cleaver II and Warwick boulevards. The sergeant found a 9 mm handgun in Pettiford’s jacket pocket, according to court records.
He later told detectives that he had pointed the gun at the victims and started to take the car but changed his mind, according to the records.
Police are continuing to investigate the other robberies and any connection between them.