Three face felony robbery charges

Aug 1 2011 - 10:48pm

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Brandon I. Begay
Josue Angel Valezque Chavez
Corie Maloney
Brandon I. Begay
Josue Angel Valezque Chavez
Corie Maloney

FARMINGTON -- Three adults face second-degree felony robbery charges after being accused of forcefully stealing a cell phone from a man in front of a FrontRunner station.

Farmington Police Lt. Parish Snyder said Corie Maloney, Josue Angel Velazque Chavez and Brandon I. Begay got off a FrontRunner train at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Farmington Station, then asked a man for some money. Maloney, 18, and Begay, 18, are from Arizona and Chavez, 19, is from Cedar City.

When the man said he didn't have any money, "they strong-armed him and reached into his pocket and took his cell phone," Snyder said. "He was smart and didn't tell them his wallet was in his backpack."

The three then left the station and walked to the Chevron convenience store on Park Lane, where the two men went inside the store and stole two 12-packs of beer, according to Snyder.

As they were running out of the store, Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Hilton saw the men and "he thought that was strange so he went after them," Snyder said.

Chavez, Begay and Maloney ran into a field, where officers from Farmington, Davis County Sheriff's Office, Kaysville and Utah Highway Patrol conducted a search that lasted about 45 minutes.

The three were arrested and booked in the Davis County Jail.

They all appeared in 2nd District Court on Monday. Each is charged with second-degree felony robbery, failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, a class A misdemeanor; and two class B misdemeanors, theft and unlawful for a minor to consume an alcoholic beverage.

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