FBI corrals fast-food robbers; Chipotle robbery inside job - KCTV5 News


FBI corrals fast-food robbers; Chipotle robbery inside job

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The FBI and area police say they have busted a group of men who had robbed fast-food restaurants and planned more robberies.

Two of the suspects worked at a Chipotle that was robbed by a suspect toting an assault rifle and detectives believe the suspects helped plan and execute the robbery, according to federal court documents.

The trio robbed two Chipotle in eastern Jackson County and the same Burger King in Independence twice. The also attempted to rob a Drury Inn, according to court documents. The robberies occurred in November.

Those charged in federal court are William H. Parker III, 20, Mikah M. Labayen, 19, and Isia G. Etienne, 19. Etienne shot a Blue Springs ice cream driver two years ago with a BB gun and was given supervised probation.

The first fast-food robbery occurred at the Chipotle located at 900 E. Columbus St. in Lee's Summit. Etienne allegedly was armed with an Ak-47-type rifle and a knife when he robbed the restaurant about 7 a.m. A manager was taken hostage and forced at gunpoint to open a safe and turn over $1,600 to the robbers.

The suspects wore black clothing and blue surgical gloves.

Labayen was working that night and allegedly created a ruse to go outside where he claimed he was accosted by the gunmen and forced to let them in the store. Someone inside the restaurant claimed that Labayen and Parker didn't seem scared while lying on the ground during the robbery.

The Chipotle at 1115 NE Coronado Dr. was robbed on Nov. 16. Parker allegedly planned the robbery and received $400 while Labayen and Etienne each received $200 for not discussing. An effort to rob the Chick-Fil-A on State Line Road led authorities to hone in on the suspects.

The FBI and police put the men under surveillance for more than a week, and during that time the men were seen casing a Burger King in Kansas City and a Chipotle in Raytown, as well as hotels in eastern Jackson County. The men went to a Drury Inn at 3830 Blue Ridge Cutoff before quickly leaving the business on Dec. 7.

Agents raced inside and learned a man had just attempted to rob the hotel, but was unable to get inside.

The men were followed to Parker's apartment where all three were arrested. Gloves, an assault rifle and other incriminating evidence were found inside a vehicle associated with the men, according to court documents. The men allegedly obtained hundreds of dollars during the robberies.

If convicted, the men face up to 27 years in prison.

Independence, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit and Kansas City police officers were involved in the case.

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