Aggravated robbery at convenience store near Kramer complex; other local crime briefs


A male suspect, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, robbed the Dara’s Fast Lane located on Claflin Road at approximately 2:30 a.m. yesterday, according to a Riley County Police Department press release. After demanding the money in the register, the suspect stole the store clerk’s vehicle, a white 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck.

A Kansas State Trooper discovered the abandoned vehicle later that morning in the 6600 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard a few miles north of Manhattan.

The suspect is described as a white male with a slender build and approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt with the phrase “FIT HAPPENS” written on the front in white lettering. The suspect was also wearing torn blue jeans, reflective sunglasses, black and white sneakers and a black face mask.

Amanda Brubeck, human resource manager for Dara’s, said the suspect got away with $140. She confirmed that no one was injured in the robbery.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact the RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers.

A Manhattan woman was arrested for allegedly sneaking drugs into the Riley County jail. Vinnette Morgan, 21, was arrested for failing to appear for an unrelated parking citation and for trafficking contraband into a correctional facility. Police said the charge stemmed from an incident on Oct. 11 when Morgan allegedly brought a plastic bag containing several pills to the jail. Her bond was set at $3,000.

A routine traffic stop landed a Junction City man in jail Tuesday morning. Richard Jackson, 40, was arrested for driving with a revoked license, possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a weapon. Jackson was confined to the Riley County Jail on a $15,000 bond.