- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man has been charged with lying about the whereabouts of a robbery suspect who killed himself during a fiery shootout that injured three federal agents at a Kansas motel.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 36-year-old Quentin Kirk Lawton, of Topeka, was charged Wednesday with one count of making a false statement to a federal officer. He is in federal custody. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

The indictment alleges that Lawton denied having seen 28-year-old fugitive Orlando Collins after visiting him last month in a room at the Country Club Motel in Topeka. Lawton left the motel shortly before fugitive task force member came under fire while trying to arrest Collins. Authorities said Collins killed himself after starting a fire that caused $350,000 in damage.

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