Burglary suspects signal guilt
September 12, 2013
Two men allegedly involved in the attempted robbery of a Gardnerville store intend to enter guilty pleas, their attorneys said Wednesday.
Angel Razo-Ortega, 25, and Tanner Cooper, 21, were arrested in connection with a crime spree that allegededly included Razo-Ortega threatening a Sierra Market clerk with a BB gun.
Both men appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday. Razo-Ortega’s attorney Kris Brown said he intended to plead guilty.
She said that while Razo-Ortega won’t ask for diversion, the state agreed to recommend probation and to drop forgery charges.
Cooper will also enter a guilty plea in connection with the incident, attorney Derrick Lopez said.
East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins ordered both men to appear in Douglas County District Court on Sept. 24.
According to court documents, investigators received information that someone named Angel was responsible for the Aug. 9 robbery attempt. They connected that information to a fraudulent Walmart check cashed at Sharkey’s, which led them to Razo-Ortega.
He told investigators Cooper gave him $20 to buy a BB gun and the two were parked out front of the store for an hour while Razo-Ortega built up the courage to go into the store.
When the clerk refused to give him any money and then grabbed for the gun, Razo-Ortega struggled to get it back and then ran out of the store.
Cooper allegedly admitted to investigators that he cased the store and drove Razo-Ortega there to rob it, but that he didn’t believe he’d go through with the crime.
According to the sheriff’s report, both men allegedly burglarized the Village Laundry after the robbery and spent the money on drugs.
■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man is denying charges he pointed a shotgun at a neighbor.
Kevin Duane Garrett is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing today in East Fork Justice Court, where prosecutors will have to provide some evidence that a crime occurred and that Garrett could be the culprit.
He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, after deputies reportedly discovered a marijuana grow in a trailer on the property.
■ A Carson City man is being held in lieu of $5,158 bail after he was taken into custody for reckless driving on Monday night.
Jordan Michael Raiche, 20, was arrested near the intersection of Highway 395 and Gilman Avenue after deputies received a report of a reckless driver.
A preliminary breath test revealed he had a .10 blood alcohol content. There was also a minor in the vehicle who had been drinking.
Attorney Derrick Lopez was appointed to represent him. Raiche is due to appear again in justice court on Wednesday.