KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A Kansas City, Missouri man whose failed attempt to rob an Independence, Missouri restaurant was thwarted when employees fought him and took his gun was charged in federal court today .
Bryan C. Byers, 23, was charged in a three-count criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Missouri.
Today’s criminal complaint charges Byers with one count of armed robbery, one count of using a firearm in a violent crime and one count of being a criminal in possession of ammunition.
According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s federal criminal complaint, Byers robbed Lucky Buffet, 2931 S. Noland Road in Independence, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Monday, February 21. Byers, armed with a Glock handgun, approached two restaurant employees. who worked near the sushi station in the restaurant. Byers reportedly pointed the gun at them and told them they had five seconds to give him the cash register money or he would kill them. Employees opened the register drawer, the affidavit states, and Byers began withdrawing money from the register. The two employees attacked Byers and took the gun from him. Byers was held until police arrived.
Byers, who was on the floor in the lobby of the restaurant, was arrested and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Officers found approximately $873 strewn across the floor of the restaurant.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition. Byers was on probation for the crimes of armed robbery and theft of a motor vehicle at the time of the alleged offence.
The charges contained in this complaint are simply charges and not evidence of guilt. The evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal jury, whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Byron H. Black. He was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Safe Neighborhoods Project
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.