Salt Lake Police say that three females were taken into custody after allegedly using a BB gun to rob a man at a Salt Lake City motel. Law enforcement claims that one of the women set up a meeting with the man at the motel over the Internet. Officials believe that after setting up the alleged rendezvous, the woman sent text messages to two friends, who are accused of heading to the room. Law enforcement has not disclosed what type of meeting was allegedly set up online.
Police say that the three females, two adult women and a teenager, robbed the 28-year-old man before fleeing from the motel. Authorities suggest that one of the women, a 22-year-old, pistol whipped the man with the BB gun. All three may face aggravated robbery charges on the allegations-the 17-year-old teenager was processed in the juvenile justice system.
The incident was reported early Wednesday morning. Salt Lake Police claim that the man who claims that he was robbed saw the women flee in a car from the motel parking lot and apparently provided authorities with a description of the vehicle. A short time later, officers found a vehicle that they believe matched the description of the car at the motel.
Police say that the three women went to the home of the 17-year-old. Family members of the teen claim that the three women were noisy when they arrived at the apartment between 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning and the teenager’s mother kicked the two adults out of the residence. Law enforcement took the women into custody outside the building.
Police went to the door of the teen’s apartment around 7:00 Wednesday morning and roused everyone out of the apartment. Officers found a 17-year-old among a group of people who exited the apartment and took her into custody.
Aggravated robbery charges generally involve allegations of committing a robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon. The consequences for an adult charged in criminal court can be severe. For juveniles charged with such an offense, the accusations can also bring long-term consequences. Adults, and juveniles alike, have the right to defend against serious allegations in court.
Source: Deseret News, “2 women, 1 teen girl arrested in motel assault, robbery,” Pat Reavy, March 20, 2013