RadioShack standoff suspects formally charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery

Suspects accused of taking store employee hostage

DENVER - Two young men arrested in a RadioShack robbery that sparked a six-hour hostage standoff have been formally charged with attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery, Denver prosecutors said Monday.

Along with the three felony counts, Michael Annan, 23, and Taveuan Williams, 19, were each charged with two sentence-enhancing counts of committing a crime of violence, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.

The charges allege that on Sept. 7, Williams and Annan entered a Denver Radio Shack store at 5305 E. Colfax Ave. and, while robbing the store, took an employee hostage and shot at police officers.

The standoff ended when police negotiators persuaded Williams and Annan to surrender. No one was physically injured.

Williams and Annan remain in custody at the Denver Detention Center; their bond is set at $200,000 each.

They are scheduled to be formally advised of the charges against them in Denver County Court on Wednesday morning.