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Final defendant in parking lot robbery bound over
Jan 15, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
The third defendant arrested in connection with a mugging Nov. 10 in the Riverton Walmart's parking lot has been bound over to District Court. Curtis Oldman, 27, of Lander, faces one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and one for accessory before the fact to aggravated robbery.
A minor defendant in the case, Joseph Sixfeathers, 16, of St. Stephen's, is to have a hearing about transferring his case to juvenile court, but further details are unavailable because his case is sealed pending the hearing. Prosecutors originally charged him as an adult, and a judge bound over his case to District Court in December.
The final defendant, Teisha Larae Underwood, 22, of Lander, pleaded not guilty to her charges Dec. 18 and has a trial scheduled for March 10.
Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts heard a preliminary hearing in Oldman's case Jan. 8 and sent the case to District Court the next day. Oldman could be sentenced to 10 to 50 years in prison.
On Nov. 10, a woman reported a man had pointed a gun at her head and snatched her purse while she was walking to her car at Walmart.
The 64-year-old victim said a man dressed in black approached her, pointed a black handgun at her head and said, "I'm going to shoot you if you don't get me your purse," according to an affidavit in the case. She handed over her bag.
Prosecutors think the mugger was Sixfeathers, and the weapon was a pellet gun resembling an automatic pistol.
A witness reported the robber got in a silver Chevy Monte Carlo, and the car took off south on North Federal Boulevard. Riverton Police Department officer Amy Luton saw a car matching the description and chased the vehicle until it stopped in the 1400 bock of 17 Mile Road. There, two males dressed in black got out and ran across a field.
Officers reportedly saw one suspect throw what they later found to be a pellet gun as he ran.
Police caught up to both runners and identified Sixfeathers as the one with the weapon and Oldman as the other, according to the affidavit. Officers found Underwood in the driver's seat of the stopped Monte Carlo. Police arrested all three.
The victim later identified Sixfeathers as her mugger, the pellet gun he threw as the weapon involved and the purse found in the Monte Carlo as hers.
In an interview with RPD, Underwood said she, Sixfeathers and Oldman were part of a robbery at Walmart. Beforehand, the three were trying to sell iPods at the GameStop store in Riverton.
Afterward, Sixfeathers suggested they go to Walmart, where he would "grab a bag" from someone to get gas money. They went to the store, and Underwood parked the car. Sixfeathers got out in the parking lot but soon ran back telling her "go, go, go," Underwood said.
Underwood and Sixfeathers had their cases bound over to District Court on Dec. 2.
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.