Three teens arrested in armed robbery case
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Three Craig teenagers were arrested on suspicion of committing armed robbery on the Yampa River Core Trail on Tuesday night.
At about 10:45 p.m., a 25-year-old man reported that three teenagers had thrown him on the ground and told him not to move or they would shoot him. The victim said he had what felt like a gun pressed against his head, and the group took his wallet and broke his cell phone before fleeing in a car, according to police reports.
Ellisa Rhiann Simpson, 18, of Craig, Trever Ray Hyer, 18, of Craig, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of aggravated armed robbery, felony menacing, theft and harassment. Simpson and Hyer also were charged with criminal mischief for damaging a cell phone.
Simpson had additional char-ges of possession of a Schedule 2 substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for a pipe found with methamphetamine residue. Hyer was charged with un-authorized use of a credit card.
The robbery reportedly occ-urred on the core trail in front of Howelsen Ice Arena. The victim said he had a couple of beers and was at the downtown bars and on his way home when the incident occurred, Steamboat Police Sgt. Rich Brown said.
From the description the victim gave of the vehicle and the three attackers, police were able to track down the suspects in front of 7-11. The police found a realistic looking silver, toy handgun and the victim’s identification card and credit card inside the suspects’ vehicle. The police also found a Ruger 1022, .22-caliber rifle in the trunk, according to police reports.
The group had attempted to use the man’s credit card to purchase items at the 7-11, which is near U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 129.
The victim was brought to where the trio was being arrested and identified the suspects as the ones who robbed him.
In her statement to police, Simpson said the group was riding through town when they came across the intoxicated man. The group walked up to him, and she asked for a cigarette, according to police reports.
The victim said that after giving Simpson the cigarette, she had told the two men to “do it now,” and they tackled him.
Simpson said that after talking to the man, the man said something disrespectful, and Hyer tackled him. She then said she took out her fake gun and held it to the man’s head and told him not to move, according to police reports.
Hyer stole the man’s wallet, and the group fled the area in a dark colored Honda sedan, Simpson reportedly told police.
She also told police the three were staying at the Western Lodge. Inside the hotel room, police reportedly found the victim’s wallet and its contents on the dresser and drug paraphernalia on the beds.
Simpson and Hyer were booked into the Routt County Jail. Bond was set at $50,000 each. The juvenile was transported to a juvenile facility out of the county.
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