MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE -- A bizarre robbery involving a mother and her son may at first appear to be a coincidence, but investigators are finding there's more to the case than meets the eye.
The alleged robbery happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday just outside the Maverik gas station at 509 N. 2000 West. The 49-year-old employee, Pamela Titensor of Clearfield, was leaving the store to make a cash deposit at the bank, Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said.
As she was walking to her vehicle, a man with a black facemask came up behind her and pressed what she said was something cold and metallic against her neck, Lowther said. The man demanded she drive him to Slaterville Park at 250 N. 2500 West. It was there that the man left with the cash deposit, totaling about $7,000, Lowther said. The alleged victim called police shortly after.
It turns out the woman's kidnapper was a bit closer to her than originally thought.
Earlier that day, a resident nearby Slaterville Park had noticed a suspicious vehicle at the park. When Titensor was meeting with police at the park, she called her son to come be with her. The resident observed that it was the same vehicle they saw earlier and told police.
Titensor's son, 24-year-old David Conerly of Ogden, became a person of interest and was eventually interviewed by investigators, Lowther said. It wasn't long before he admitted to robbing his own mother at gunpoint, Lowther said.
Conerly was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
The case may have seemed wrapped up at that point, but investigators found it was suspicious that the alleged victim wouldn't have recognized her own son's voice and vehicle.
Conerly first said he planned out the robbery alone, but facing first-degree felonies that could land him in prison for years, he soon changed his tune, Lowther said. The suspect said he planned the crime with his mother.
If that is the case, Conerly would face lesser charges of theft and conspiracy.
Titensor denied the claim of an inside job when interviewed by police, Lowther said.
The $7,000 is still missing, Lowther said.
The case is still under investigation with Titensor as a person of interest.
Efforts to contact Titensor and the Maverik's management were unsuccessful Thursday.
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