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No suspects in custody yet for armed robbery and break-in last month
Aug 21, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Two men have been identified as suspects, but detectives don't have enough evidence against the individuals to obtain an arrest warrant.
Local police still are following up on leads related to an armed robbery and separate home break-in in Riverton last month.
"There's nothing more to report at this time," Riverton Police Department Capt. C.T. Smith said Wednesday.
Earlier this month, officials said they were looking for two men who have been identified as the likely suspects.
But Smith said detectives don't have enough evidence against the individuals to obtain an arrest warrant.
"(We need) physical evidence or a confession or an eye witness," Smith said. "Until you meet the minimum criteria (you can't) get a warrant."
He said the RPD will inform the public right away once the suspects are apprehended -- not necessarily when a warrant is issued.
"Sometimes we won't release that information (if) we're afraid the individual might flee," Smith said.
The incidents began at about 11 a.m. July 26 when an 11-year-old girl on Blackfoot Drive reported 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 reportedly arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood. They determined that the suspects were possibly American Indian men wearing a ski mask and a bandana; witnesses reportedly saw three subjects drive away from the scene in a silver or gray Dodge Intrepid four-door vehicle with Wyoming license plates. Officers who searched the house confirmed that the suspects had left the area prior to 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. Security cameras recorded the incident.
Anyone with information can call the RPD at 856-4891.