- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank and to brandishing a firearm during a confrontation with a jewelry store owner.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 25-year-old Terence Thomas entered the pleas Monday.

Prosecutors say Thomas admitted he had a knife when he approached the jewelry store owner and his wife as they arrived for work. The owner drew a handgun in self-defense. The two men wrestled and shots were fired before Thomas got the gun. After forcing the owner to open the door to the business, Thomas dragged the owner’s wife inside before she feigned a heart attack. Thomas fled after the owner locked him out of the business.

Prosecutors say Thomas also robbed a Fidelity Bank branch a month earlier. Sentencing is set for April 19.



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