Boulder police have arrested three men they believe were responsible for the recent Pi Beta Phi sorority robbery on October 1, 2017. Ronald Brantley, Clyde Drexter George, and an unidentified juvenile male were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, felony menacing, first-degree criminal trespass and theft. Both Brantley and George are also suspects in a robbery that occurred in Erie, Colorado on the same day.
What happened in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority Robbery?
Police say that on October 1st at approximately 10pm they were called to the Pi Beta Phi sorority house in response to a robbery. Three females were sitting outside the house in a vehicle when they were approached by three males. One of the males was holding a handgun and yelled at the women to get out of the car. The suspects then went into the car and then fled on foot from the scene of the robbery.
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Arrested for Robbery in Colorado?
Colorado statutes defines robbery as knowingly taking anything of value from a person by use of force, threats, or intimidation. Force or fear is the main element of robbery. Simply taking something but not using force or fear could be classified as theft.
The state of Colorado recognizes three types of robbery:
- Robbery – Colorado Class 4 felony offense that is punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
- Aggravated Robbery: robbery that involves the use of a deadly weapon – prison time of up to 32 years and a fine of up to $750,000.
- Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance – prison time of up to 48 years and fines up to $750,000.
If you have been arrested for robbery in Colorado, it is important to begin building a swift defense against these serious charges. There are several defenses your Boulder criminal defense attorney could use to fight these charges. Some of those include:
- You did not intend to steal anything
- The property was yours
- You did not have a deadly weapon
- You had no intention of using a weapon even if you had it on your person
- An illegal search and seizure
Unfortunately, charges of robbery are very serious and without an attorney on your side, you could face a long time in prison. Your attorney will need to build a solid and swift defense that is designed to expose the holes in the prosecution’s case. In many cases, your attorney can have the robbery charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. Without an attorney, however, your future could be in jeopardy.
Contact Our Boulder Criminal Defense Attorneys Today!
If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with robbery in Colorado, we can help. Our Boulder criminal defense attorneys fight aggressively for all our clients because we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Contact the Boulder criminal defense lawyers at Steven Louth Law Offices today for a free consultation and review of your case. Call us at (303) 422-2297 to start building a solid defense against these serious criminal charges.