RadioShack standoff suspects Annan and Williams nearing plea deal

DENVER - Two robbery suspects arrested after a six-hour hostage standoff at a Denver RadioShack store in September are negotiating a plea deal.

Michael Annan, 23, and Taveuan Williams, 19, were arrested Sept. 7 after Denver police said they held a RadioShack manager at gunpoint for hours when officers trapped them during an attempted robbery of the store at 5305 E. Colfax Avenue.

Police said the suspects fired at officers during the standoff. However, the standoff ended peacefully after police negotiators persuaded the men to drop their guns.

Annan was in court Friday along with lawyers representing him and Williams, when the progress of the deal was announced. Williams' appearance was waived.

"We will have a plea deal January 10," the prosecuting DA told the judge Friday.

As a result, the arraignment for the two men was delayed until Jan. 10 at 8:30 a.m.

During the RadioShack standoff, friends told 7NEWS that Williams was posting messages on Facebook asking friends to call him and say their last goodbyes.

"Swear to God, I'm gonna die," one Facebook post said.

Police now say the two men appear to be connected to three other cellphone store robberies, based on photo lineup identifications of the suspects by witnesses in two stickups, according to a search warrant affidavit that Denver detectives filed to gather information from Williams' and Annan's cellphones.

Police investigators reviewing surveillance video from the other robberies said the two gunmen in those crimes have similar physical descriptions to Williams and Annan and had similar clothing and handguns like those worn and used by Williams and Annan in the RadioShack standoff, the affidavit said.

The gunmen in the other robberies wore red bandanas over the faces like the ones that police say Williams and Annan wore in the failed RadioShack robbery, according to court records.

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