Kansas City Man Charged with Robbery as part of Operation LeGend

Operation LeGend continues to net positive results in Kansas City, this time snaring a 19 year-old Kansas City man for his role in at least seven armed business robberies in 2019, two of them in the Historic Northeast Kansas City area.

Chase M. Murphy, 19, was charged in a three-count criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, on Tuesday, Aug. 4. That complaint was unsealed and made public today upon his arrest and initial court appearance. Murphy remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

The federal criminal complaint alleges that Murphy participated in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies of local businesses from May 28 to July 12, 2019.
Murphy is also charged with one count of robbing the Taco Bell at 5925 Independence Ave. at gunpoint on May 28, 2019. The complaint also charges Murphy with brandishing firearms during a crime of violence.

According to an affidavit, a brick was thrown through the drive-through window of the Taco Bell on May 28, 2019, shattering the glass. Murphy and an accomplice, both carrying handguns, allegedly entered the restaurant through the broken window, pointed their guns at the heads of two employees and ordered one to open the cash register. They took $300 from the register and fled through the broken window.

The affidavit cites six additional armed robberies were committed by Murphy. Those include:

• Burger King, 1102 E. 47th. St on June 18, 2019;

• Family Dollar, 1201 E. Meyer Blvd. on June 25, 2019;

• McDonald’s, 6996 Eastwood Trwy, on June 26, 2019;

• McDonald’s, 6701 E. Front St. on June 28, 2019;

• Taco Bell, 5925 Indep Ave.on July 1, 2019;

• Taco Bell, 4017 Blue Ridge Cutoff on July 1, 2019.

On July 12, 2019, police officers in Raytown, Missouri, responded to a suspicious vehicle that was parked with its lights off. Officers arrived on the scene and the driver of the vehicle turned on the lights, placed the vehicle in drive, and drove toward the police car. Officers pursued the suspect vehicle until it struck a wall. The driver and two passengers, one of whom was Murphy attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended shortly thereafter. When officers searched the vehicle, two handguns were also found.
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