Craig man re-arrested

Luke Graham

A Craig man who was being held in the Moffat County Jail on charges that he robbed two local stores was re-arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting a fellow inmate.

Talmage Earl Willis, 23, faces a charge of third-degree assault, after he reportedly beat up Gordon Burch in the jail.

Burch, 44, is serving a six-month sentence at the Moffat County Jail after he was convicted of stalking, domestic violence and harassment.

Willis originally was charged with robbery, theft and third-degree assault in an April case.

On the night of April 11, police received a report that a man had taken money from the west Kum & Go after he allegedly grabbed the cashier’s wrists. Store officials said they were missing $140, and police said they found $75 in the man’s possession. Willis was arrested hours after the incident when he matched the description of the suspect provided by the cashier, police said.

Willis was out on bond when he allegedly robbed Smoker Friendly. In the Smoker Friendly case, Willis faces charges of aggravated robbery, menacing, theft and a violation of bond conditions.

Smoker Friendly Manager JoDeena Bullock said that a man entered the store early June 3 and pointed what appeared to be a gun at her through his sweatshirt while demanding all the money in the store. The suspect left with about $70, Bullock said.

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator K.C. Hume said the assault happened while Willis and Burch were housed in the same pod. Hume said he is unsure what precipitated the attack, but charges have been filed with the district attorney.

Willis is being held on a no bond clause. He also has a felony warrant out of Contra Costa County, Calif., for failure to comply with an order of probation and fleeing to avoid prosecution.

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