KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local man is facing federal charges after using a website to set up an armed robbery and carjacking in mid-November.
Chrizion Banks, 20, was taken into federal custody Thursday.
According to court documents, the victim in the case was selling a firearm on a website named MidwestGunTrader.com.
The victim was contacted by a man who called himself “Joe” using a Kansas City area number. The pair agreed to meet at a Denny’s on Blue Ridge Cutoff for “Joe” to buy the Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver for $650.
Court documents say when the victim got to Denny’s, “Joe” told him to come to the red Honda Civic parked behind him. When the victim started walking toward the Honda, three black males confronted him. The victim said they all appeared to be armed with guns.
The men reportedly hit the victim several times in the face and head.
According to court documents, one of the men pointed a firearm at the victim’s face. The victim said he heard a clicking noise, which he believed was the trigger of the firearm being pulled.
After the assault, the suspects took off with the victim’s gun, his wallet, and his truck.
Police later looked up the phone number used to contact the victim about the supposed gun sale. The phone number was traced back to Chrizion Banks, according to court documents.
Banks was taken into custody in the 1200 block of Bellefontaine Ave. He refused to tell investigators anything about the robbery but did say the phone taken from him at the time of his arrest was his. Investigators say that phone utilized the same phone number used in the robbery.
Banks faces a minimum of five years in prison up to a life sentence if convicted in this case.