KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 31-year-old Independence, Missouri man who was arrested for a home invasion robbery was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for illegally possessing a firearm.
Theodore Watkins was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
According to court records, Independence police officers were called to a residence on May 12 by a neighbor who reported that he saw Watkins push his way into the residence of an elderly woman.
The caller said they thought they saw something in the man’s hand when he forced entry.
Officers arrived at the residence and established a perimeter.
A SWAT unit and hostage negotiators also arrived, and after making announcements on the loudspeaker, the victim came out of the residence through the front door. A short time later, Watkins came out of the residence and was taken into custody.
The victim, whom court documents says was visibly shaken and had bruising on her right arm, told investigators that Watkins originally came to her door and offered to mow her lawn. He came back a few minutes later, she said, and forced the door open, forcing his way into the residence. Watkins pointed a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm handgun at her and said, “Where’s the money?”
Watkins dumped out her purse and took the money from it, court documents say, then began going through her dresser drawers, closets, and other areas of the house. He used her cordless phone and her cell phone to make calls, including a call to his wife.
When police arrived, documents says Watkins hid his gun in a furnace return air vent in the bedroom. Police officers found the firearm when they searched the house.
Watkins has two prior felony convictions for robbery, two prior felony convictions for burglary, two prior felony convictions for armed criminal action, and prior felony convictions for drug trafficking, kidnapping, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.