Manhattan man indicted for soliciting cop for robbery

By The Mercury

A federal grand jury indicted Manhattan man Wednesday in Topeka on the charge of soliciting an undercover police officer to rob American Cash Exchange in Manhattan last November.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced that Colin Michael Johansen, 21, is charged with solicitation to commit robbery for allegedly trying to persuade an undercover officer identified as B.J. to rob American Cash Exchange, 501 Fort Riley Blvd., sometime between Nov. 8 and Nov. 10.

Officials said that if Johansen is convicted on the felony charge, he will face a maximum penalty of up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Jim Cross, public affairs for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said the ATF assisted in the investigation and that Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney will prosecute the case. Cross declined to comment further, saying more information might become available as the case moves forward.

Riley County police first arrested Johansen on Nov. 10 for the alleged crime. He was held at the Riley County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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