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Federal grand jury indicts Grandview man in KC area armed robberies

Federal authorities indicted a third man in a string of armed robberies in the Kansas City area earlier this year. Parrise K. Black, also known as “Kilo,” also is charged with three counts of possessing and brandishing a firearm in three holdups
Federal authorities indicted a third man in a string of armed robberies in the Kansas City area earlier this year. Parrise K. Black, also known as “Kilo,” also is charged with three counts of possessing and brandishing a firearm in three holdups File

A federal grand jury has indicted a 24-year-old Grandview man for his alleged role in three armed robberies that took place earlier this year.

Parrise K. Black, also known as “Kilo,” also is charged with three counts of possessing and brandishing a firearm in the three holdups, which took place Feb. 3 and March 20.

Federal authorities had previously charged Shannon R. Thomas, 26, of Shawnee, and Deonte J. Collins-Abbott, 21, of Grandview, with armed robbery and possessing a firearm during a number of armed robberies that took place between Jan. 2 and March 24.

In one holdup, a store clerk was shot and wounded.

The final robbery in that string occurred at a Walgreens in Blue Springs. Black is not accused of participating in that holdup.

Another man, Jermon Seals, 22, of Shawnee, joined Thomas and Collins-Abbott in that incident, according to court records. During that robbery, one of the men held a gun to the back of an employee’s head and took money from the front cash register. The two other robbers went over the counter and stole prescription cough syrup from the pharmacist.

They fled from the store but were confronted by a team of law officers waiting in the parking lot.

In the ensuing confrontation, Seals was fatally shot. Collins-Abbott and Thomas were arrested following a short foot chase.

Thomas and Collins-Abbott are being held in federal custody without bond. Black remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar

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