Robbery Plan in Utah Results in First-Degree Felony Charges for Teens

A teen who made a plan to kidnap and rob his old roommate in Utah is now sitting in the Salt Lake County Jail charged with multiple offenses including first-degree felony charges.

Robbery and a beating

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18 year old Eduardo Michael Miranda-Carmona who the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office list as being a citizen of Mexico got together with a few friends and planned a robbery of someone who used to be his roommate. The roommate was jumped while leaving work, stabbed, tied up, and thrown into the back of a vehicle. There Miranda-Carmona and friends robbed the man at gunpoint, used his credit cards illegally, and dumped him to be found by a Utah policeman on patrol.

First, Second, and Third-degree felonies

The man who was robbed knew Miranda-Carmona as the two were old coworkers and roommates. This, along with security footage likely helped detectives to quickly identify and arrest Miranda-Carmona. He is currently in the Salt Lake County Jail with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including:

• First-degree aggravated robbery with a weapon (76-6-302);

• First-degree aggravated kidnapping (76-5-302);

• Second-degree aggravated assault resulting in bodily injury (76-5-103);

• Third-degree unlawful acquisition or possession of a finance card (76-6-506.3); as well as

• Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor.

Three other teens involved

Over the next few weeks, police were able to identify and arrest 19 year old John Ewing as well as two under age juveniles in the aggravated robbery case. With multiple felony offenses including two first degree felony charges, all four teens are looking at several years to life in prison for what appears to be a vindictive and maybe financially motivated crime, coordinated by one.

Multiple Felony Charges for 18+ Teens Looking to “Score Weed”

Three teens 18+ in age who were attempting to “score weed” are now facing multiple felony charges for kidnapping and robbing a 17 year old minor in Magna, Utah earlier this month.

Looking for Marijuana

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Photo by: Chuck Grimmett

18 year old David Saul Gonzalez-Reyes, 19 year old Eduardo Flores-Loeza, and 19 year old Alisha Jimenez were arrested last week after they met a 17 year old female in a grocery store parking lot who was there to sell marijuana. After they entered the minor’s vehicle, one of the teens struck the minor in the face with a handgun and forced her to drive to a nearby residence where they continued their crime spree by physically assaulting and robbing two individuals at that house.

Multiple Felony Charges = Possible Life in Prison

The trio of older teens was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail with each facing:

Aggravated assault, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison;

Aggravated burglary, a first degree felony that carries a possible prison term of five years to life;

• Aggravated robbery, a first degree felony that may add on another five years to life;

Aggravated kidnapping, another first degree felony punishable by what Utah code 76-5-302 states to be “not less than 15 years and which may be for life”.

Multiple Felony Charges
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Although all teens are facing the same multiple felony charges, it is not clear what role each played in the alleged kidnapping, assault, and robbery. It is also not known whether or not the teens knew the minor or the individuals who were at the home prior to the scheduled drug deal. If convicted of the multiple felony charges, the teens who are barely old enough to vote could spend the rest of their lives in jail because they wanted to get high.

Three Utah Juveniles Arrested Following Gas Station Aggravated Robbery

Three Utah juveniles were arrested following an early morning aggravated robbery of a gas station where the clerk was shot multiple times.

Unnecessary escalation

Aggravated Robbery
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The three juveniles who have not been named nor had their ages released were arrested for aggravated robbery after then allegedly entered an Exxon gas station in the early morning hours of January 23rd, 2017, emptied the contents of the cash register, and shot the clerk twice; once in the wrist and once in the upper leg. A family member of the victim who is recovering after multiple surgeries said the victim stated that the suspects became frustrated when the clerk could only offer them the money in the till, not in the vault for which he had no access. Pictures taken from the security camera of the store showed the robbery taking place as well as identifying the teen who pulled the trigger on the clerk.

Aggravated Robbery

Utah Code 76-6-302 defines aggravated robbery as when a person, “in the course of committing robbery, he: uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon ( . . . ); causes serious bodily injury upon another; or takes or attempts to take an operable motor vehicle. Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony” and punishable with a fine as high as $10,000 and a possible prison term of five years to life in prison.

Minimal cash for life in prison

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Photo by: majuznk

Most gas stations and other convenience stores keep a maximum of $100 in the register, which is why they discourage accepting large bills which would deplete their ability to make change. This is especially true at night when management is not available to open the vault, and regular employees are not privy to the combination to open it. Aggravated robbery of a gas station is literally trading life in prison for pocket change.

Adult charges may be pending

When a juvenile is charges with a first degree felony, there is a great possibility they may be charged as an adult. Defendants in this position are encouraged to counsel with a defense attorney who handles all defense cases, both in juvenile and adult (district) court.

Troubled Youth Responsible for Death of Rehab Staff Member

A troubled youth who was being held at a rehab in Escalante Utah is responsible for the death of a staff member at the youth crisis facility.

Troubled youth attempts an escape

Troubled Youth
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17 year old Clay Brewer, whose name was released following adult murder charges, had only been at the Turn-About Ranch for less than a week when he tried to escape, killing 60 year old Jimmy Woolsey in the process. Brewer told investigators he was addicted to prescription pills and “lost his mind” as he was going through intense withdrawals. Brewer first attempted to take his own life the night before by drinking bleach, then decided the next day to make a run for it.

Beaten to death

Brewer somehow got hold of large metal pole or stick, perhaps something near the fire pit he was near along with other teens, and beat Woolsey to death when the 60 year old man attempted to stop him. He also hit another staff member a couple times until she gave him the keys to a car. Brewer then ceased his aggressive actions and sped off. After leading police on a high speed chase, Brewer was eventually stopped. Even then, the troubled youth tried to commit suicide by cop by acting as though he were pulling a gun on officers. Law enforcement officials did not take the bait and arrested Brewer instead.

Charged as adult

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Photo Courtesy of Facebook

The 17 year old teenager who according to Facebook had a love of all things Major League Baseball was sent to Turn-About Ranch by his family most likely for his addiction to prescription pills. Instead of receiving treatment and returning to his family, Brewer is now facing a series of charges, including aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. In a withdrawal induced panic, Brewer took a life and will now probably lose his own to a lifetime behind bars.

Relaxed facility

While the hearts of all go out to the family of Jimmy Woolsey, it is difficult to not feel sympathy for Brewer and his family as well. There are many questions that Brewer’s family may be thinking such as:

• What was being done to help Brewer cope with his withdrawal symptoms?

• Why did he have access to dangerous items such as bleach and the metal pole?

• Should he have been in a stricter facility?
• What if he hadn’t been sent to the Turn-About Ranch in the first place?

While Brewer’s family is probably feeling guilt for their decision to send their troubled youth to a facility which is far more relaxed than others throughout the state, what’s done is done and now their son will face the consequences. Hopefully their troubled youth will now be able to get the treatment he needs to battle his drug addiction.

Teens in Custody After Aggravated Robbery Twice at Same Location

teens aggravated robbery of smoke shop
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In what was originally believed to be the actions of adults, the aggravated robbery of the same location twice within two weeks has resulted in police taking three teens into custody. Two of the teens were booked into a juvenile detention facility, and prosecutors are seeking robbery charges in juvenile court for the third.

The Smoking BB Gun

According to a report from KSL News, the first incident at Smoke Shop 101 occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 27. West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts was quoted as saying that the perpetrators displayed and threatened the shop employee with what appeared to be a gun, potentially making it aggravated robbery.

The second incident occurred less than two weeks later on Saturday, Feb. 7. Police were concerned at this point that they were dealing with adults involved in a larger aggravated robbery spree. However, after an anonymous tip from a “concerned citizen,” three teenage boys—ages 13, 14, and 16 years old—were taken into custody.

The youngest and oldest of the three boys were booked into a juvenile detention facility. Sgt. Roberts said that prosecutors were seeking robbery charges against the 14-year-old in juvenile court. However, the article didn’t state if they were seeking specifically aggravated robbery charges. The “gun” was ultimately discovered to be a BB gun.

Both Robbery and Aggravated Robbery are Felonies

According to the Utah Criminal Code, both robbery and aggravated robbery are considered felonies when committed by an adult. Robbery is a second degree felony. However, aggravated robbery is a first degree felony, punishable by five years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Again, if committed by an adult.

According to the specific Utah Criminal Code 76-6-302, aggravated robbery has occurred if a person “uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon as defined in Section 76-1-601,” which includes “a facsimile or representation of the item.” It remains to be seen whether a BB gun falls into this category, even though the article on KSL speculated to this extent.

Felony charges are very serious when it comes to juveniles. Under certain circumstances, a juvenile can be tried for a felony in adult court. If your child has been charged with aggravated robbery or any other charge, be sure to contact an experienced juvenile defense attorney who will work on your child’s behalf.