Man charged in death of alleged accomplice in Sept. attempted robbery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man faces a host of charges in connection with the death of his alleged accomplice in an attempted robbery in September, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Monday.

Rodney V. Rogers

Rodney V. Rogers

Rodney V. Rogers, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., is charged with 1st degree attempted robbery, 1st degree burglary, 1st degree involuntary manslaughter, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm, leaving the scene of an accident, and a misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended.

Court records say Rogers and another suspect, Terrance Gates, broke into a home near W. 87th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue on Sept. 21. and held a resident at gunpoint.

After the two left the residence, police spotted the suspects’ vehicle on Bannister Road. They attempted to pull the vehicle over. The driver, Rodgers, fled police.

He eventually lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree near 90th Street and Raytown Road, causing the car to flip and eject both passengers.

Rodgers fled the scene on foot, but was later apprehended. Gates later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Prosecutors have requested a $150,000 cash bond.