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Two suspects in purse snatching bound over; one more still to come

Dec 5, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Two defendants arrested for a Nov. 10 mugging at Riverton's Walmart store were bound over to District Court on Dec. 2. One is a 16-year-old boy but is being charged as an adult.

Riverton Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts bound over charges against Teisha Larae Underwood, 22, of Lander and Adrian Joseph Sixfeathers, 16, of St. Stephen's.

Underwood faces one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and one of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery. Prosecutors charged Sixfeathers with one count of aggravated robbery.

Sixfeathers is to have an arraignment Dec. 12, but a date for Underwood's hearing is not yet set.

In Wyoming, a person commits aggravated robbery if, while committing a theft, the perpetrator intentionally puts someone person in fear of bodily injury, and if the person exhibits a deadly weapon or a "simulated deadly weapon" during the robbery.

The third defendant in the case, Curtis Oldman, 27, of Lander, had his preliminary hearing in Circuit Court continued until Dec. 11. He faces one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and one of accessory to aggravated robbery before the fact.

Each charge the three defendants face carries a penalty of five to 25 years in prison.

Gun pointed at head

An affidavit in the case alleges Sixfeathers on Nov. 10 pointed a pellet gun resembling an automatic pistol at a woman's head and stole her purse in the parking lot of Walmart's on North Federal Boulevard in Riverton. Prosecutors say Underwood and Oldman were involved in the stick up.

The 64-year-old woman told police she was leaving the store with her purchases and had just reached her vehicle when the robbery took place. She said a man dressed in a black shirt and pants approached her, pulled out a black handgun, pulled the slide back, pointed the weapon at her head and said, "I'm going to shoot you if you don't get me your purse."

She handed over her bag.

A person who called 911 reporting the mugging said afterward that the robber got in a silver Chevy Monte Carlo with a broken rear window, and the car took off south on North Federal.

Car chase

Riverton Police Department officer Amy Luton soon saw a car matching the descriptions and tried to pull it over near the intersection of East Monroe Avenue and Federal. The car refused to yield, sped up, and led the officer on a chase until stopping in the 1400 bock of 17 Mile Road.

There, two males dressed in black got out of passenger side of the Monte Carlo and ran southwest across a field. Officers chased them down and detained both.

Sixfeathers was one of the runners, and an officer saw him throw what was later identified as the pellet gun. The alleged victim identified the gun Sixfeathers threw as the gun used to rob her.

Police identified the other man who fled as Oldman. Officers found Underwood in the driver's seat of the stopped Monte Carlo.

In an interview with RPD Underwood said she, Sixfeathers and Underwood were part of a robbery at Walmart. Beforehand, the three were trying to sell iPods at the Gamestop store in Riverton.

Then, Sixfeathers suggested they go to Walmart, where he would "grab a bag" from someone to get gas money. They went to the store, and she parked the car. Sixfeathers got out in the parking lot but soon ran back telling her "go, go go," Underwood said.

The alleged victim later identified Sixfeathers as her mugger and said a purse found in the defendants' vehicle was hers, according to the affidavit.

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