Teens charged in Flagstaff armed robbery

2013-05-03T05:15:00Z 2013-05-03T09:31:30Z Teens charged in Flagstaff armed robberyERIC BETZ Sun Staff Reporter Arizona Daily Sun
May 03, 2013 5:15 am  • 

Three 17-year-olds have been indicted in connection with an armed robbery in Southside that ended in a car chase and crash outside the city limits last month.

A grand jury indicted each as an adult on charges of armed robbery, assault and theft. They are all currently being held in the Coconino County jail rather than the juvenile detention center.

If convicted of armed robbery, a Class 2 felony, they face four to 10 years in prison.

Coconino County Attorney David Rozema said the three teens are being charged as adults due to the seriousness of their crimes and because they are almost 18 years old.

A 50-year-old Southside man said he was walking home just after midnight on April 21 when a person in a black hoodie and white pants came at him from the treed lot on the corner of East Ellery Avenue and South San Francisco Street, according to Flagstaff police reports.

The suspect pulled out a gun and said "give me all your money." The firearm was eventually determined to be an AR-15-style BB gun, court documents indicated.

The victim told police that he pulled out the money he had in his wallet and threw it on the ground.

The victim told police that he thought the gun looked like it could be made from plastic.

"Here is the only (redacted) I have," the man said, according to a police report. Officials removed the exact amount of cash that was stolen from a police report.

"That is (expletive) up dude," the suspect told the man as he picked up the cash.

The suspect then sprinted to a waiting sedan parked some 50 feet away. He got in and the sedan sped off. The victim told police he thought there were two other people inside the vehicle.

Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputies spotted the vehicle a short time later driving east into the county on Highway 89 and tried to stop the car. The chase was short-lived and the suspects' vehicle crashed at the intersection of East Sunset Boulevard and Highway 89 less than half an hour after the victim reported being robbed.

In addition to the three males, there was a 17-year-old female passenger in the car as well.

The four suspects took off on foot from the crash scene. According to police officials, two of the teens were located in the nearby area.

Police were able to identify the other two and went to their homes. Officers were greeted by one of the teens' fathers at his home and the man said his son was in bed asleep.

To the father's surprise, the teen was gone when they went into the room. His AR-15 style BB gun was also missing.

A grand jury indicted Dillon Orion Trevathan, Joshua Peshlakai, and Jacob John Hood on charges of armed robbery, assault and theft.

Peshlakai was also charged with unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle, a Class 5 felony.

Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or ebetz@azdailysun.com.

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