Man charged in connection to series of armed robberies in Midtown

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Derrick Sims, 27

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 27-year old Kansas City man has been charged with 1st-degree robbery, attempted 1st degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in connection with a series of robberies Wednesday in Midtown Kansas City.

Jackson County prosecutors believe Derrick Sims, 27, is one of the men involved in the crime spree between 41st and 43rd Streets earlier this week which included four robberies of individuals and a carjacking. The spree started just before 9 p.m. at 43rd and Walnut Street when three black male suspects pulled up, pointed a handgun at a man, pushed him to the ground, reached in all his pockets and stole his phone, wallet, and money.

Other robberies happened at 43rd and McGee and 41st and Warwick where a victim was pistol whipped.

Police say a victim disarmed one of the suspects.

According to court records, police arrested Sims after they responded to reports about armed street robberies in that area. Police say they saw Sims walking west on 41st toward Main Street. He was covered in blood. Police searched him and say they uncovered a brown wallet, an iPhone and $969 in cash, as well as keys. They also found nearby a vehicle that matched the description of the one used during the robberies. His keys fit the door of the vehicle and unlocked it. One victim had reported to police that he had more than $490 that was taken from him by a man brandishing a handgun in the area of 43rd and McGee. The victim of one robbery identified Sims as one of the robbers.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $75,000 cash.

See earlier coverage of the robberies: