For Immediate Release
Dec. 5, 2016
A 23-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the death of his alleged accomplice in a September attempted robbery in south Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Rodney V. Rodgers, dob: 5-3-1993, faces Attempted Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Involuntary Manslaughter 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Resisting a Lawful Stop, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident and the misdemeanor count of Driving While License was Suspended.*
According to court records, another suspect, Terrance Gates, forced his way into a victim's home in the 600 block of West 87th Street. Rodgers was with Gates and was armed with a handgun that he pointed at the victim. They both entered the residence, then soon left in a Pontiac. A few minutes later officers observed the suspects' vehicle on Bannister Road. Officers observed Rodgers driving, with Gates as passenger. They followed and Rodgers attempted to elude them until Rodgers locst contol and struck a tree near 90th Terrace and Raytown Road, causing the vehicle to flip and ejecting both passengers. Rodgers fled on foot. Gates later died of injuries he sustained in the wreck.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $150,000 cash.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.