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Liquor store burglarized; one suspect may have cut himself o

Feb 1, 2012 - By Christina George Staff Writer

The Riverton Police Department is investigating a burglary at a liquor store where it's believed one of the two suspects was cut while accessing a window and later arrived at the hospital claiming he had been stabbed.

RPD Capt. C.T. Smith said his department received a call at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday concerning a burglar alarm that had been activated at Woodward's Liquor on North Federal Boulevard.

Upon arrival, officers found the store had been burglarized, and it appeared someone had been cut by broken glass from the south side drive-up window while entering the building. Bloody handprints were discovered at the scene.

Smith said liquor and cigarettes were stolen from the business.

Ten minutes later, another call was made to police from someone at Riverton Memorial Hospital about a man who said he had been stabbed at City Park. The wounds were to the individual's hands, arm and thigh.

"Cops responded to the hospital and found the wounds did not appear to be consistent to a stabbing," Smith said in an interview Wednesday morning.

Investigation revealed James C'Hair, 21, of Riverton, had cuts that Smith said are believed to have occurred while C'Hair accessed the window at Woodward's.

Smith said Michael Warren, 18, of Riverton, took C'Hair to the hospital. Police say Warren is the second suspect in the burglary case.

During their investigation, police discovered bloody clothing, unopened bottles of liquor, and cigarettes in the men's vehicle.

Smith said C'Hair and Warren also matched the suspects seen on the store's surveillance video.

Both men were taken to the Fremont County Detention Center for outstanding municipal court warrants on unrelated cases.

"The two individuals have not yet been charged" for the burglary, Smith said. "They were booked on warrants and are in custody."

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