5 men charged with series of robberies

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 20:29:50-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five men are facing federal charges in a series of robberies, one of which left a Kansas City gas station clerk dead

Joe Lee Nichols, 25, Torrence Demond Key, 25, Justin Domonique Davis, 27, Charles Stephon Porter, 27,  and Anthony Payne, Jr., 26, are all charged with conspiracy to commit robberies and brandishing a firearm in a violent crime. 

According to court documents, Nichols, armed with a gun, entered Inner City Oil Convenience store near 59th and Swope on Monday. 

Nichols and the clerk, Ira Brown, allegedly struggled for control of the gun but the clerk was shot multiple times. After he was shot, the clerk reached for his own gun and fired shots towards Nichols but missed. 

Court documents say Nichols began beating Brown before one of the other suspects shot and killed him.

Murder charges have not yet been filed.