A Parsons man appeared in court Thursday on charges alleging he robbed a convenience store of more than $100.
Jumani D. Coleman, 24, 1301 Wilson, who was released from prison in December on cases from Labette and Montgomery counties, is now charged in Labette County District Court with aggravated robbery, a high-level felony, aggravated assault, a lower-level felony, and theft, a misdemeanor.
Parsons police arrested Coleman Monday night at a home in the 1300 block of Wilson about two hours after the robbery.
Police were called at 9:08 p.m. Monday to Pete’s, 1430 Main St., to investigate an armed robbery. Officers secured the business and the area around it to collect evidence and speak to eyewitnesses.
Based on witness statements, the police identified Coleman as the suspect, and security footage from the store corroborated statements, according to a report from the police department. The suspect reportedly ran southbound on 15th Street with cash allegedly taken at gunpoint.
Police began to search for Coleman, and a lead developed on his location in the 1300 block of Wilson. Officers set up a perimeter around the home because of the violent nature of the call and officers’ knowledge of Coleman fleeing in the past. Coleman also is on parole supervision with the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The officers interviewed others in the residence and applied for a search warrant, which was granted by a Labette County District Court judge. During the search, clothing matching the description of witnesses and the surveillance video was found along with money believed to be taken from Pete’s. Officers also found the weapon allegedly used in the robbery in the same area as the clothing and money. The weapon was identified as a pellet gun, which was made to resemble a Taurus semiautomatic pistol.
On Thursday, Coleman made a first appearance on the charges via the Zoom online meeting platform. He was at the Parsons Police Department. Judge Steve Stockard read the charges to Coleman. Coleman is alleged to have taken either $164 or $114 from Pete’s. The complaint lists both amounts.
Coleman told the judge that he didn’t have the money to hire his own attorney and that he has not been able to find work since his release on parole on Dec. 18, 2020. Coleman was convicted in Labette County of fleeing and eluding relating to a police chase on May 11, 2017, that began near Mendota Creek Apartments and ended at 16th and Appleton, where Coleman abandoned the car and ran. He also had convictions in Montgomery County for non-residential burglary and theft for breaking into Eisele’s Jewelry in Coffeyville early on Nov. 12, 2015, with two other Parsons men. Coleman received a controlling 50-month term in prison in the Labette and Montgomery County cases. At the time, Coleman was a category A offender, which means that any felony conviction was likely to land him in prison and give him the longest term on the sentencing grid upon conviction.
Stockard appointed Shane Adamson to represent Coleman and scheduled a status hearing for April 21.
Labette County Attorney Stephen Jones asked Stockard to set Coleman’s bond at $75,000. Jones said Coleman was on parole at the time of the alleged offense and that the crime was violent. He also asked that Coleman not have contact with the alleged victim or witnesses in the case.
Stockard asked Coleman his thoughts on bond. Coleman said he’s not a menace to society and that he’s tried to stay out of trouble since his parole. He asked for a $5,000 bond.
Stockard told Coleman that Jones was not calling him a menace but was explaining what the court must consider when setting a bond, public safety and ensuring the defendant’s appearance in court. Stockard said Jones’ request was reasonable given the facts in the probable cause affidavit, and he said he is not making a judgment on Coleman’s guilt or innocence. Stockard set Coleman’s bond at $30,000. He also ordered Coleman to be on house arrest, bond supervision and to wear an ankle monitor if released. Coleman is also to refrain from having contact with the victim and witnesses in the case and to refrain from using alcohol and drugs.