Trial date set for Grass Valley T-Mobile robbers
Four men suspected of robbing the T-Mobile store in Grass Valley last November appeared in court Friday, and a trial date was scheduled for July 16.
Zachary Hidvegi, 18; Isaiah Shepherd, 19; Brian Mack, 20; and Travonn Dill, 23, all of Sacramento, face two counts of second-degree robbery in connection with the Nov. 15, 2018 robbery. Dill, Mack and Shepherd also are accused of violating probation.
Police responded around 7:50 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018, to reports of a robbery at the Nevada City Highway T-Mobile store.
Three men had entered the store, stolen numerous items, and fled in a vehicle which was seen headed southbound on Highway 49. The men yelled at the employees, telling them to stay quiet. One man had his hands in his pockets, and employees didn’t know if he had a weapon.
Officers had a description of the suspects’ vehicle, which later was determined to be stolen, and spotted it south of Alta Sierra Drive. The suspects stopped near Old Auburn Road as police approached, running from the vehicle into nearby woods.
Police quickly caught two suspects with the help of K-9 Rudiger, and a California Highway Patrol aerial unit used an infrared camera to find the remaining suspects.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger scheduled the trial for the four men for July 16 with a four- to six-day estimate. A trial readiness conference was set for June 28.
That was the second time that store had been robbed within a period of weeks. On Oct. 4, 2018, police arrested Damiya Jones and Darren Henderson, both 18 and of Sacramento, and a juvenile after they robbed the store and fled south on Highway 49. The pursuit ended about two miles south of Lime Kiln Road after a brief chase. The suspects’ vehicle struck an embankment and overturned.
Henderson was sentenced to three years and eight months, while Jones has pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery and evading police. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 8.
Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at email@example.com.
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