Convenience store robbery suspect in court; accomplices may be chargedOct 27, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Local officials believe they have arrested the person responsible for a robbery at gunpoint last week at a gas station in Riverton.
No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at about 4 a.m. Oct. 19 from the Pit Stop in the 800 block of South Boulevard.
Prosecutors have charged Lynn Tendore Jr. with aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in connection with the incident.
Investigators believe Tendore walked into the gas station dressed only in a sports bra, short-shorts and tennis shoes after an accomplice, 16-year-old Rae'Chelle Rae'Lene Charley, went inside first to make sure the clerk was alone. Tendore allegedly pointed a gun over the counter at the clerk, who handed over about $300 in cash.
A media release from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office indicates Tendore, a 16-year-old male from Fort Washakie, was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. Friday in Lander on a warrant related to the Riverton Police Department case. RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said the juvenile turned himself in.
Charley was arrested Oct. 20 and faces charges of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Investigators believe a third individual was involved in the robbery, but law enforcement only has announced the two arrests.
After the robbery, the trio involved drove in a silver 2008 GMC pickup truck to an unknown location on the Wind River Indian Reservation, where Tendore and Charley dropped off the third individual, RPD Det. Dan Ladd wrote in an affidavit in the case. The detective believes Tendore and Charley drove toward Kinnear before running out of gas.
The pair was able to get more gas in Kinnear then drive to Riverton where they retrieved clothing Tendore had removed prior to the robbery, Ladd said.
On Oct. 21, two people who were at the Kinnear store the morning of Oct. 19 spoke with Ladd, the detective said. Both witnesses said they spoke with one person dressed in a red or pink sweatshirt and black sweatpants and another dressed in a black sports bra and short red or pink shorts, Ladd said.
The descriptions largely match still images taken from the Pit Stop's surveillance cameras. Police distributed the images in order to solicit information about the case.
One of the witnesses at the Kinnear store asked the suspects if they had money for gas, and the person in the short-shorts pulled out a roll of cash from a sports bra, Ladd said. The witness gave the two individuals a ride to their truck about a mile east of Kinnear on U.S. Highway 26, Ladd said. After refueling, the pair continued on towards Riverton.
Judge Wesley Roberts set a $100,000 cash bond for Tendore during an initial appearance Monday in Riverton Circuit Court. If convicted, Tendore would face between five and 50 years in prison.
"I get concerned about the potential for violence and the potential for the death of another human being," Roberts said, explaining the high bond set in Tendore's case.
Tendore has a preliminary hearing set for 1:30 p.m. Nov.4.