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Robbery suspects still at large; arrests could be made soon
Jul 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
The people involved in an armed robbery and separate home break-in Thursday were still at large Friday morning, but officials say a list of potential suspects is growing shorter.
Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy anticipated an arrest could be made as soon as Friday afternoon.
"We do have two really good suspects that we're pretty sure it is," Murphy said early Friday afternoon. "We feel pretty confident it's these two guys."
He did not want to release any names yet, however.
"I'm going to wait for the detectives," Murphy said. "I don't want to blow something they're working on. ... We'll let them do their thing, and hopefully in the next few hours we'll be able to release it."
Based on tips from residents, he does not believe the suspects have left town.
"I'd say we probably got well over 20-30 phone calls," he said. "There were names given to us, (so) we're finding out who they are and where they were yesterday. We're still right in the middle of the whole investigation and tracking down the tips."
Officers thought they had located the suspect vehicle Thursday afternoon in the 600 block of North Federal Boulevard, but Murphy said the people in the car were arrested on separate charges.
"It ended up not being the suspects," he said. "However these people were drunk and had warrants, so they were arrested but for totally separate issues."
The home break-in was reported at 11:04 a.m. Thursday, when a man on Blackfoot Drive said an 11-year-old girl had come into his trailer to tell him that two masked men with guns had entered her house and shot at the roof. She said the men were possibly still at her home.
Officers said they arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood. Speaking with witnesses to the home entry, officers said they determined that the suspects were possibly American Indian men wearing a ski mask and a bandana. The witnesses reportedly said they saw three subjects drive away from the scene in a silver or gray Dodge Intrepid four-door with Wyoming license plates.
Officers said they searched the house and confirmed that the suspects had left the area before law enforcement arrival. Police reportedly found that two rounds from a .45-caliber handgun had been fired in the home.
At 11:07 a.m., dispatchers said an employee at River City Bar, 910 S. Federal Blvd., called to report being robbed at gunpoint by a single American Indian man wearing a bandana. She reportedly did not have vehicle information.
Officials said the handgun in the Blackfoot Drive incident matched the handgun brandished by the suspect in the River City Bar robbery.