Aug 9, 2013 - By Steven R. PeckThe perpetrators of two felony firearms offenses last month are still at large
In late July, when an armed man, or men, barged into a residence in Riverton and shot up the place, then robbed a bar at gunpoint minutes later, there was high optimism that arrests in the case would be made quickly, and with good reason.
The suspects apparently were identified almost immediately by witnesses and through security camera footage from the bar. Their vehicle description was publicized widely, and it seems doubtful that they would have had a chance to flee the county before being apprehended.
In fact, there was a highly visible arrest later in the day involving occupants of a vehicle matching the description of the crime car (a Ranger photographer got a picture of it), but that turned out to be a false alarm on the shooting and robbery.
Suspects in that car who were sought in connection with different, lesser offenses were arrested, but they were not the big prize that police were looking for.
In all likelihood, this means the perpetrators of these two felony gun offenses still are here.
The police want to know where -- and so should the rest of us.
There are people in this county who know who these two men are, and where they are. They probably are being assisted in their ongoing effort to avoid arrest.
Anyone cooperating in their disappearance is aiding and abetting a felony. Remember that before you play any part in hiding them.
And remember as well that these are armed men who committed major crimes with guns. They are dangerous to society, and they need to be apprehended and prosecuted.
The telephone number of the Riverton Police Department is 856-4891. If you know where these felony fugitives are, say so.
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