Thursday, February 2, 2017

Five Charged with Conjoint Robbery

Five men were charged recently in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw with conjoint robbery.

The suspects are accused of robbing and beating Trevor Keaton Brown on Jan. 2 in a church parking lot in Muldrow.

Charged with conjoint robbery were Eric Dewayne Britt Jr., 20, of Pocola, Marlin Vann Rogers, 18, of Fort Smith, Joshua Adam Truett, 19, of Fort Smith, Laykan Smith, 19, of Fort Smith, and Griffin Tyler Johnston, 19, of Cookson.

According to the report filed with the charges by Muldrow police, an officer was called to investigate the robbery and assault on Brown. Britt told the officer that he came to Muldrow with Rogers to confront Brown about stolen controlled substances, which he wanted back or payment for. Britt told the officer that Brown pulled a gun on Rogers and they fought, then separated.

Smith said that Johnston set up the meeting with Brown at the Muldrow church parking lot.

At that confrontation Brown said he was assaulted by Britt. He said he was stomped, punched, drug about and tasered numerous times.

According to the report, “In the struggle Brown’s watch was removed by Bitt and later found in the pocket of Rogers during a traffic stop shortly after the incident along with three gold necklace chains and a medallion. . .Smith revealed there was no gun drawn or used by victim Brown.”

The report concludes that Brown’s eye was swollen completely shut, he had vision problems and had stitches over his eye and mouth area.

“Rogers,” the report concludes, “was covered in what he himself admitted to be the blood of victim Brown.”

Britt is free on a $10,000 bond.

Bench warrants were issued for Smith and Johnston.

Rogers is free on a $10,000 bond and he pleaded not guilty to the charge on Jan. 25. His next court appearance is on a March 8 disposition docket.

Truett’s case is on the same docket.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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