Two GJ men accused of robbery, assault
Two Grand Junction men were looking to make some quick money when they assaulted and robbed a man outside his hotel room Thursday night, according to Grand Junction police.
Roommates Benjamin James Barovier, 22, and Shemile Labruce Adams, 25, of 963 Colorado Ave., No. 4, were in custody Friday on $60,000 bonds at Mesa County Jail on suspicion they used a baton to hit and rob a 33-year-old South Dakota man outside the Comfort Inn, 750 3/4 Horizon Ave.
Both suspects face felony charges of aggravated robbery, assault and theft. They are accused of robbing the man of his wallet and then attempting unsuccessfully to use the man’s credit cards to purchase a television and a Sony PlayStation 3 at Wal-Mart.
Police were notified of the robbery just before 10:30 p.m., and the men were pulled over by Grand Junction Police Department officers sometime later after officers saw a red Jeep Cherokee, a vehicle that matched the description of the getaway vehicle. The Jeep was traveling through the area of 28 1/4 Road and North Avenue.
After being pulled over, the men consented to a search, and police found the victim’s student identification and $48 in cash in Barovier’s rear pants pocket, according to an arrest affidavit.
During a interview at the police station, Adams told police that Benjamin came up with the idea to rob someone, and that the two drove along Horizon Drive looking for a victim. They waited for a while in their vehicle parked outside the Double Tree Hotel, the affidavit said.
“Shemile stated two different guests exited the hotel, but he did not approach them because he really did not want to rob anyone,” the affidavit said.
The men decided to go to the Comfort Inn, and Adams told police he used a collapsible baton to hit a man to scare him into giving him his wallet. Adams said he then grabbed the wallet and jumped into the Jeep that Barovier was driving, and the two drove to Wal-Mart, the affidavit said.
During the police interview, Adams pulled the victim’s empty wallet out from his back pocket, the affidavit said.
Barovier told police he tried three or four times to use the man’s credit cards to buy the electronic goods but the card would not work.
“Benjamin stated that he thought the whole thing was a joke, but then they drove to Comfort Inn to try to find someone,” the affidavit said.