WICHITA – A Wichita man who was captured in Salina pleaded guilty Tuesday to an armed robbery at a convenience store in Newton, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Jorge Correa, 25, Wichita, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. In his plea, Correa admitted that on February 4, 2020, he and two co-defendants robbed the EZ Trip, 100 S. Main, Newton. Both Correa and another man were armed when they entered the store. Correa had a military style rifle. The clerk gave them cash, but Correa demanded more. While the clerk was getting money from her purse, Correa fired several shots that hit the ceiling, aisle displays and an ATM machine. No shots were fired at the clerk.
Surveillance footage was used to identify a license tag number of a dark-colored Honda the suspects fled in. Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers later located the Honda on Interstate 135 near Salina and a high speed pursuit began. The pursuit ended with the vehicle crashing on Magnolia Road near Salina South High School. Two suspects were immediately taken into custody at the scene. A third suspect fled on foot from the scene. He was located about 45 minutes later and taken into custody.
Urias told authorities in an interview that Montes and Correa had asked him to stop at the convenience store “so they could get something,” according to an arrest affidavit. In the interview, he admitted to fleeing when the highway patrol tried to pull over the car.
Montes is set for a change of plea hearing September 30. Urias is set for a change of plea hearing September 28.
Correa is set for sentencing December 8. He could face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
McAllister commended the FBI, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Newton Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.