Wichita man charged with robbing Gessler’s Pharmacy

WICHITA, Kansas – A 34-year-old Wichita man is charged with robbing Gessler’s Pharmacy.

Ryan B. Schmidt, 34, Wichita, is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The robberies are alleged to have occurred Sept. 4, 2014, and Aug. 19, 2014, in Wichita.

The indictment alleges that on Sept. 4, 2014, Ryan Schmidt entered the Gessler’s Drug Store at 4817 E. Douglas, pointed a handgun at an employee, and said, “I want your opiates.” The employee gave him seven bottles of hydrocodone and three bottles of promethazine.

The indictment also alleges that on Aug. 19, 2014, Schmidt entered the Parklane Pharmacy at 530 S. Oliver, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded narcotics. The employee gave him two bottles of oxycodone and $120 in cash.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

  • Robbery: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
  • Brandishing a firearm: A penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

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