Kenneth W. Sexson, 32, Sage E. Harrison, 34, and Nicole L. Covey, also known as Nicole Waguespack and Nicole Preston, 33, all of the Kansas City metropolitan area, were charged in a criminal complaint filed under seal in the U. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. That complaint was unsealed and made public today at the initial court appearances of Sexson and Covey.
Harrison remains at large. They allegedly communicated through these websites to arrange meetings with their victims in order to rob them.
In addition to the conspiracy, the complaint charges each of the defendants in one count of robbery affecting interstate commerce. Once Covey began communicating with the victim, they would agree to meet at a hotel or apartment.
When the victim arrived at the agreed upon location, Covey would excuse herself to the restroom or walk away as co-conspirators robbed the victim of money, phones and other items. According to the affidavit, conspirators used handguns, or what appeared to be handguns. They allegedly sometimes assaulted their victims and one victim told investigators that his attackers took his vehicle and he escaped by jumping from the moving vehicle on the highway in fear for his life.
The affidavit cites a series of seven robberies that occurred in October in Kansas City, Mo. Investigators learned of a of additional robberies disclosed during interviews, including two robberies in Blue Springs, Mo. On May 27,Independence police officers received a report regarding a new robbery. The victim reported that he had responded to a Craigslist ad for a female escort.
Upon arriving at the hotel room in Independence, the victim was instructed to leave the money on the nightstand. After he set the money down, the female excused herself to the bathroom, and the victim was confronted by three large white males.
Investigators identified Sexson, Covey and others as suspects in that robbery. Sexson and Covey were arrested in Kansas on June 7, A pursuit was initiated, which reached speeds of more than miles per hour.
During the pursuit, police officers saw an unknown object get thrown from the vehicle. A handgun, a magazine and ammunition were recovered at this location. Officers also saw two long guns get thrown from the vehicle.
Two shotguns were located and recovered in this area. The pursuit continued toward Leavenworth County, Kan. Tire deflation devices were deployed against the van multiple times.
The pursuit ended only after the van became disabled as a result of the damage suffered during the pursuit. Sexson, Covey and two other individuals were arrested.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this complaint are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. Attorney Matthew P. You are here U. Attorneys » Western District of Missouri » News. Department of Justice.
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