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Police need to 'catch a break' on July 26 crimes

Sep 11, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Armed invaders shot holes in a trailer house, and a bar in Riverton was robbed at gunpoint a short time later.

Local police are looking for more information about a July armed robbery and separate home invasion in Riverton.

Officials said they had identified two "really solid" suspects, but with no physical evidence against the men, the investigation into the incidents has stalled.

"Those (suspects) didn't really pan out," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said.

"I'm not going to say we're back to square one, but we don't have enough physical evidence to get warrants, either."

He said officers have come into contact with one of the suspects, but the man refused to speak with law enforcement. The RPD has been unable to find the other man in question.

"So basically ... we just kind of wait and see if we can catch a break," Murphy said. "It may be six months or a year from now. Someone may come in and say, 'I remember something,' and it's one piece that'll break the case."

Shooting, robbery

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 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 before law enforcement arrival. Police 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 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.

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