WALLA WALLA -- Two suspects have been formally charged with robbing two customers outside a convenience store in Burbank earlier this summer.
Samuel Barrera, 23, of Prosser, and Jacob J. Munoz, 23, of Pasco, are both accused of two counts of first-degree robbery. The charges were filed Wednesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
The defendants were arrested the evening of June 30 in Benton County following a pursuit of a vehicle they were in. They then were booked into the Benton County Jail.
Officials said the robberies in Burbank occurred about 12:30 that morning when a man later identified as Barrera approached the victims, Richard Lybbert and Shelton Gilley, who were standing next to a gas pump outside the Sun Mart store at 35 Apple Lane.
Barrera allegedly placed what looked like a pistol against Lybbert's neck, demanded his wallet and grabbed it. Barrera then turned the gun toward Gilley and collected a couple of dollars in change that Gilley dropped to the ground, according to authorities. The robber ran around the south corner of the store and the victims told the clerk to call 911.
Lybbert told officials his wallet contained miscellaneous items, including $4 and a credit card. After Barrera and Munoz were apprehended, the credit card was found in a pocket of Munoz's pants, according to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office report filed in court. Officials also allegedly located two realistic-looking toy pistols in the vehicle the suspects were in.
The report says Lybbert and Gilley positively identified Barrera in a photo montage as the man who robbed them.
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