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Kansas City man charged with illegal firearm after Jimmy John's robbery

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Terry K. Rayford, 54, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. (KCPD) Terry K. Rayford, 54, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. (KCPD)
Terry K. Rayford's mugshot. (Independence Police Department) Terry K. Rayford's mugshot. (Independence Police Department)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City man was charged in federal court Friday with illegally possessing a firearm following the armed robbery of a Jimmy John’s restaurant.

Terry K. Rayford, 54, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

The complaint alleges that Rayford was in possession of a Witness-P .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a Jimenez 9mm semi-automatic handgun on Thursday.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, the firearms were found in Rayford’s vehicle after he was stopped by Independence police officers about 7:30 p.m.

Officers received information about a person matching the description of the suspect in an armed robbery at a Jimmy John’s restaurant the day before.

A retired major with the Kansas City Police Department had seen video of the robbery broadcast on the news and saw Rayford – who appeared to be the robbery suspect – driving in the area of U.S. High 40 and Crysler in Independence.

Independence police officers responded to the area and stopped Rayford’s vehicle.

When they ordered him to get out of his vehicle, officers found the Witness-P .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun lying on the driver’s side floorboard.

Rayford was arrested and his vehicle towed. During an inventory of the vehicle, the Jimenez 9mm semi-automatic handgun was found in the back pouch of the front passenger seat.

Rayford told investigators he had stolen both of the handguns from his source of supply for crack cocaine, to whom he owed money.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.

Rayford has numerous felony convictions for first-degree armed robbery and he was on parole at the time of the alleged offense.

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