Topeka man charged with using high-powered rifle in carjacking

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U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister says a 19-year-old Topeka man used a high-powered assault rifle in one of two carjackings last Wednesday evening in Topeka.

Federal prosecutors are charging Chauncey Lyles with brandishing a .223 caliber American Tactical rifle during one of two carjackings.The first happened around 7 p.m. in the 1100 block nof SE Gillmore, the other shortly before 7:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Freeman.

McAllister said Lyles and 22-year-old Mathdaniel Squirrel also of Topeka, threatened  two drivers and stole their cars: a 2007 Cadillac DTS and a 2013 Dodge Dart. The suspects struck a tree in the 400 block of NE Freeman and fled on foot before police took them into custody.

Both men face up to 15 years in prison for the carjackings, at least five years for using the weapon, and up to another five years for conspiracy.

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