A federal grand jury has indicted two men on firearms charges for their alleged roles in an August robbery of a Topeka restaurant.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced Thursday that federal prosecutors would take over the case from Taylor.
The federal indictment was issued Tuesday against 23-year-old Derick Renee Crawford and 35-year-old Travis Jeremy Coffman in connection with the robbery of a Red Robin restaurant. The men are in federal custody on one count each of robbery, brandishing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The prosecutors say the case was filed in federal court because of the longer potential prison terms related to the firearm charge and to send a message to criminals.