Bond not reduced in robbery case

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Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower bail for an 18-year-old Craig man charged with armed robbery.

Trever Ray Hyer appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court, where his public defender Trevor McFee asked to have his bond reduced from $50,000 to $5,000.

McFee said that Hyer's parents, both longtime residents of Craig, were able to afford only a $5,000 bond. If able to bond out, McFee said, Hyer would be under strict supervision from his parents and would be employed.

District Attorney Kerry St. James objected to the request. He said of the two other people involved in the incident, Ellisa Rhiann Simpson still has a $50,000 bond and a 17-year-old boy has been sent to a detention center in Grand Junction.

"He went out and committed a violent crime that Steamboat is not use to seeing," St. James said.

He also noted that, since the time Hyer was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, he had violated a restraining order by communicating with Simpson while in jail.

Garrecht agreed to keep the $50,000 bond in place and continued Hyer's case to April 27.

Hyer was arrested March 23 after a 25-year-old man reported that three teenagers had thrown him on the ground and told him not to move or they would shoot. The victim said he felt a gun pressed against his head and that the group took his wallet and broke his cell phone before fleeing in a car.

The armed robbery allegedly happened at about 10:45 p.m. on the Yampa River Core Trail in front of the Howelsen Ice Arena.

Hyer, Simpson, 18 of Craig, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested and charged with aggravated arm robbery, felony menacing, theft and harassment. Simpson and Hyer also were charged with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging the man's cell phone.

Simpson faces additional charges of possession of a Schedule 2 substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for a pipe found with methamphetamine residue. Hyer was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card.

From the description the victim gave of the vehicle and the three attackers, police were able to track down the suspects in front of 7-Eleven. The police found a realistic-looking silver toy handgun and the victim's identification card and credit card inside Hyer's vehicle.

On Wednesday, Simpson's case also was continued to April 27.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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